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It also has the highest ratio of private to public sector jobs of all the UK's Core Cities, with 77% of its workforce working in the private sector. Leeds has the third-largest jobs total by local authority area, with 480,000 in employment and self-employment at the beginning of 2015.WEB,weblink Leeds economy, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 18 January 2017, Leeds is ranked as a High Sufficiency level city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.WEB,weblink The World According to GaWC 2010, 18 September 2011, Globalization and World Cities Research Network., dead,weblink" title="">weblink 10 October 2013, {{failed verification|date=August 2019}} Leeds is the cultural, financial and commercial heart of the West Yorkshire Urban Area.WEB,weblink Leeds Tourism, Planet Ware Travel Guide, 1 February 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 5 May 2009, live, WEB,weblink Leeds stakes it claim to financial hub, The Yorkshire Post, 1 February 2009, WEB,weblink About Leeds,, 1 February 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 9 May 2008, Leeds is served by five universities, and has the fourth largest student population in the country and the country's fourth largest urban economy.WEB,weblink Global MetroMonitor, 23 December 2013, Istrate, Emilia, Nadeau, Carey Anne, November 2012, Washington, DC, The Brookings Institution, dead,weblink 4 June 2013, Leeds was a small manorial borough in the 13th century, and in the 17th and 18th centuries it became a major centre for the production and trading of wool, and in the Industrial Revolution a major mill town; wool was still the dominant industry, but flax, engineering, iron foundries, printing, and other industries were also important.{{Harvnb|Burt and Grady|1994|p=92}} From being a market town in the valley of the River Aire in the 16th century, Leeds expanded and absorbed the surrounding villages to become a populous urban centre by the mid-20th century. It now lies within the West Yorkshire Urban Area, the United Kingdom's fourth-most populous urban area, with a population of 2.6 million.WEB,weblink 2011 Census - Nomis - Official Labour Market Statistics,, 14 July 2013,weblink" title="">weblink 21 September 2013, live, Today, Leeds has become the largest legal and financial centre outside LondonWEB,weblink Financial centres outside london,, 22 March 2012, 15 March 2014,weblink" title="">weblink 16 July 2014, live, with the financial and insurance services industry worth £13 billion to the city's economy. The finance and business service sector account for 38% of total outputWEB,weblink Economy - Leeds,, 21 December 2017,weblink" title="">weblink 1 June 2018, dead, WEB, Table 3.4, ONS Regional GVA – December 2013,weblink 19 December 2013,weblink" title="">weblink 19 December 2013, live, with more than 30 national and international banks located in the city, including an office of the Bank of England. Leeds is also the UK's third-largest manufacturing centre with around 1,800 firms and 39,000 employees, Leeds manufacturing firms account for 8.8% of total employment in the city and is worth over £7 billion to the local economy. The largest sub-sectors are engineering, printing and publishing, food and drink, chemicals and medical technology..Manufacturing |Leeds economy & relocation {{Webarchive|url= |date=8 October 2010 }}. Locate in Leeds. Retrieved on 17 July 2013. Other key sectors include retail, leisure and the visitor economy, construction, and the creative and digital industries. The city saw several firsts, including the oldest-surviving film in existence, Roundhay Garden Scene (1888), and the 1767 invention of soda water.BOOK, Guinness World Records 2017, 2016, Guinness World Records, 151, NEWS, Our fizzy seas of soda water,weblink The Telegraph, 21 September 2016, 5 April 2018,weblink 18 April 2018, live, Public transport, rail and road communications networks in the region are focused on Leeds, and the second phase of High Speed 2 will connect it to London via East Midlands Hub and Sheffield Meadowhall. Leeds currently has the third busiest railway stationWEB,weblink Office of Rail and Road, 1 December 2017, 21 March 2018, Estimates of Station Usage 2016-17,weblink" title="">weblink 5 February 2018, live, and the tenth busiest airport outside London.WEB,weblink Airport data 2017 - UK Civil Aviation Authority,, 13 June 2018,weblink" title="">weblink 12 June 2018, live,



The name derives from the old Brythonic word Ladenses meaning "people of the fast-flowing river", in reference to the River Aire that flows through the city.BOOK, Hanks, Patrick, Hodges, Flavia, Mills, A. D., Room, Adrian, The Oxford Names Companion, 2002, Oxford, the University Press, 0198605617, 1104, This name originally referred to the forested area covering most of the Brythonic kingdom of Elmet, which existed during the 5th century into the early 7th century.BOOK, Fletcher, J. S., 1919, The Story of English Towns: Leeds, Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, London, 221589888,weblink 22 July 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 1 May 2009, live, Bede states in the fourteenth chapter of his Ecclesiastical History, in a discussion of an altar surviving from a church erected by Edwin of Northumbria, that it is located in ...regione quae vocatur Loidis (Latin, "the region which is called Loidis"). An inhabitant of Leeds is locally known as a Loiner, a word of uncertain origin.WEB,weblink Loiners of the world unite!, BBC, 22 August 2005, 27 September 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 19 May 2010, live, The term Leodensian is also used, from the city's Latin name.The name has also been explained as a derivative of Welsh , meaning simply "a place".WEB, The place-names of England and Wales,weblink 17 July 2017,weblink 27 March 2016, live,

Economic development

File:The Mint, Granary Wharf, Leeds (5385775582).jpg|thumb|left|The Leeds and Liverpool Canal at Granary WharfGranary WharfFile:Inside the Corn Exchange 2 - Leeds.jpg|thumb|right|The Leeds Corn ExchangeLeeds Corn ExchangeLeeds developed as a market town in the Middle Ages as part of the local agricultural economy. Before the Industrial Revolution, it became a co-ordination centre for the manufacture of woollen cloth, and white broadcloth was traded at its White Cloth Hall.JOURNAL, Houses as Museums: The Case of the Yorkshire Wool Textile Industry, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, S.A., Caunce, 329–343, 2003, 13, Royal Historical Society, harv, 10.1017/S0080440103000197, Leeds handled one sixth of England's export trade in 1770.{{Harvnb|Burt and Grady|1994|p=57}} Growth, initially in textiles, was accelerated by the building of the Aire and Calder Navigation in 1699 and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in 1816.{{Harvnb|Fraser|1982|p=143}} In the late Georgian era, William Lupton, Lord of the Manor of Leeds, was one of a number of central Leeds landowners with the mesne lord title, some of whom, like him, were textile manufacturers. At the time of his death in 1828, Lupton's land in Briggate in central Leeds included a mill, reservoir, manor house and outbuildings.BOOK, Morris, J., Atlas of Industrializing Britain, 1780-1914,weblink Routledge, 2002, 26 February 2017, 172, In the 1830s, Wiilam Lupton left his widow with land..... in Merrion and Belgrave streets (Briggate)...the enclosed fields of the manor of Leeds were already occupied by a woolen mill and its reservoir and the house and outbuildings of William Lupton - a gentleman merchant,weblink 26 February 2019, live, 9781135836450, WEB, Reports of All the Cases Decided by All the Superior Courts Relating to Magistrates, Municipal, and Parochial Law,weblink Law Times Office, 1873, 26 February 2017, 407,weblink 26 February 2019, live, The railway network constructed around Leeds, starting with the Leeds and Selby Railway in 1834, provided improved communications with national markets and, significantly for its development, an east-west connection with Manchester and the ports of Liverpool and Hull giving improved access to international markets.JOURNAL, Britain's national railway network: fit for purpose in the 21st century?, Russ, Haywood, 15, 3, 2007, 198–216, Journal of Transport Geography, Elsevier, 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2006.02.015, harv, Alongside technological advances and industrial expansion, Leeds retained an interest in trading in agricultural commodities, with the Corn Exchange opening in 1864.(File:Joseph Rhodes - Leeds from the Meadows.jpg|thumb|Leeds from the Meadows by Joseph Rhodes, 1825.)Marshall's Mill was one of the first of many factories constructed in Leeds from around 1790 when the most significant were woollen finishing and flax mills.{{Harvnb|Fraser|1982|p=144}} Manufacturing diversified by 1914 to printing, engineering, chemicals and clothing manufacture.{{Harvnb|Fraser|1982|p=155}} Decline in manufacturing during the 1930s was temporarily reversed by a switch to producing military uniforms and munitions during World War II. However, by the 1970s, the clothing industry was in irreversible decline, facing cheap foreign competition.BOOK, Well suited: a history of the Leeds clothing industry, 1850–1990, Katrina, Honeyman, Katrina Honeyman, 2000, Oxford University Press, 0-19-920237-0, The contemporary economy has been shaped by Leeds City Council's vision of building a '24-hour European city' and 'capital of the north'.JOURNAL, Re-imaging a post-industrial city, Tony, Harcup, 2000, City (journal), City, 4, Carfax, 2, harv, 10.1080/13604810050147839, The city has developed from the decay of the post-industrial era to become a telephone banking centre, connected to the electronic infrastructure of the modern global economy. There has been growth in the corporate and legal sectors,WEB,weblink Legal services: Law firms have solid local roots and global ambitions, Financial Times, 11 March 2008, 26 September 2009, and increased local affluence has led to an expanding retail sector, including the luxury goods market.WEB,weblink Sectors: Retail, Leeds, Live it, Love it, Marketing Leeds, 26 September 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 4 January 2010, Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone was launched in April 2012 to promote development in four sites along the A63 East Leeds Link Road.NEWS,weblink Work begins on Logic Leeds business park, Insider Media, 23 May 2013, 12 March 2015,weblink" title="">weblink 2 April 2015, live,

Local government

{| class="wikitable" style="float:left; font-size:85%; margin-left:10px; margin-right:10px; margin-top:0;"|+Leeds (parish) population! style="text-align:center;"|1881160,109! style="text-align:center;"|1891177,523! style="text-align:center;"|1901177,920! style="text-align:center;"|1911259,394! style="text-align:center;"|1921269,665! style="text-align:center;"|1931482,809! style="text-align:center;"|1941war*! style="text-align:center;"|1951505,219! style="text-align:center;"|1961510,676*no census was held due to warsource: Census#United KingdomLEEDS PARISH ACCESSDATE=25 SEPTEMBER 2009, Leeds was a manor and township in the large ancient parish of Leeds St Peter, in the Skyrack wapentake of the West Riding of Yorkshire.WEB, Relationships / unit history of Leeds,weblink dead,weblink" title="">weblink 14 August 2011, 2 February 2017, The Borough of Leeds was created in 1207, when Maurice Paynel, lord of the manor, granted a charter to a small area of the manor, close to the river crossing, in what is now the city centre. Four centuries later, the inhabitants petitioned Charles I for a charter of incorporation, which was granted in 1626. The new charter incorporated the entire parish, including all eleven townships, as the Borough of Leeds and withdrew the earlier charter. Improvement commissioners were set up in 1755 for paving, lighting, and cleansing of the main streets, including Briggate and further powers were added in 1790 to improve the water supply.WEB,weblink Briggate: Improvement Acts, Leeds City Council, Discovering Leeds, 27 September 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 28 November 2011, live, (File:Leeds Town Hall, General Election results.jpg|thumb|A crowd gathers outside Leeds Town Hall during the 1880 general elections.)The borough corporation was reformed under the provisions of Municipal Corporations Act 1835. Leeds Borough Police force was formed in 1836, and Leeds Town Hall was completed by the corporation in 1858. In 1866, Leeds and each of the other townships in the borough became civil parishes. The borough became a county borough in 1889, giving it independence from the newly formed West Riding County Council and it gained city status in 1893. In 1904 the Leeds parish absorbed Beeston, Chapel Allerton, Farnley, Headingley cum Burley and Potternewton from within the borough. In the twentieth century the county borough initiated a series of significant territorial expansions, growing from {{convert|21593|acres|km2}} in 1911 to {{convert|40612|acres|km2}} in 1961.WEB,weblinkweblink Leeds MB/CB, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 13 February 2012, 2 February 2017, In 1912 the parish and county borough of Leeds absorbed Leeds Rural District, consisting of the parishes of Roundhay and Seacroft; and Shadwell, which had been part of Wetherby Rural District. On 1 April 1925, the parish of Leeds was expanded to cover the whole borough.The county borough was abolished on 1 April 1974, and its former area was combined with that of the municipal boroughs of Morley and Pudsey; the urban districts of Aireborough, Horsforth, Otley, Garforth and Rothwell; and parts of the rural districts of Tadcaster, Wetherby, and Wharfedale.{{Harvnb|Fraser|1982|p=459}} This area formed a metropolitan district in the county of West Yorkshire. It gained both borough and city status and is known as the City of Leeds. Initially, local government services were provided by Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire County Council. When the county council was abolished in 1986, the city council absorbed its functions, and some powers passed to organisations such as the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority. From 1988 two run-down and derelict areas close to the city centre were designated for regeneration and became the responsibility of Leeds Development Corporation, outside the planning remit of the city council.WEB,weblink Impact of Urban Development Corporations in Leeds, Bristol & Central Manchester, 18 November 1998, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, 25 September 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 11 December 2008, Planning powers were restored to the local authority in 1995 when the development corporation was wound up.

Suburban growth

(File:Leeds 1866 by J Bartholemew edited.jpg|thumb|alt=This map shows central Leeds and (clockwise from top left) the developing suburbs of Hyde Park, Woodhouse, Sheepscar, New Leeds, Cross Green, Hunslet, Holbeck, Wortley, Armley and Burley.|1866 map of Leeds)File:James Valentine The Briggate Leeds.jpg|thumb|19th-century Briggate, LeedsBriggate, LeedsIn 1801, 42% of the population of Leeds lived outside the township, in the wider borough. Cholera outbreaks in 1832 and 1849 caused the authorities to address the problems of drainage, sanitation, and water supply. Water was pumped from the River Wharfe, but by 1860 it was too heavily polluted to be usable. Following the Leeds Waterworks Act of 1867 three reservoirs were built at Lindley Wood, Swinsty, and Fewston in the Washburn Valley north of Leeds.{{Harvnb|Burt and Grady|1994|p=163}}Residential growth occurred in Holbeck and Hunslet from 1801 to 1851, but, as these townships became industrialised new areas were favoured for middle class housing.{{Harvnb|Fraser|1982|p=96}} Land south of the river was developed primarily for industry and secondarily for back-to-back workers' dwellings. The Leeds Improvement Act 1866 sought to improve the quality of working class housing by restricting the number of homes that could be built in a single terrace.WEB,weblink Leeds City Council, Discovering Leeds, The Working Classes: Housing, 26 September 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 28 November 2011, live, Holbeck and Leeds formed a continuous built-up area by 1858, with Hunslet nearly meeting them.{{Harvnb|Fraser|1982|p=98}} In the latter half of the nineteenth century, population growth in Hunslet, Armley, and Wortley outstripped that of Leeds. When pollution became a problem, the wealthier residents left the industrial conurbation to live in Headingley, Potternewton and Chapel Allerton which led to a 50% increase in the population of Headingley and Burley from 1851 to 1861. The middle-class flight from the industrial areas led to development beyond the borough at Roundhay and Adel. The introduction of the electric tramway led to intensification of development in Headingley and Potternewton and expansion outside the borough into Roundhay.{{Harvnb|Fraser|1982|p=57}}Two private gas supply companies were taken over by the corporation in 1870, and the municipal supply provided street lighting and cheaper gas to homes. From the early 1880s, the Yorkshire House-to-House Electricity Company supplied electricity to Leeds until it was purchased by Leeds Corporation and became a municipal supply.{{Harvnb|Burt and Grady|1994|p=193}}Slum clearance and rebuilding began in Leeds during the interwar period when over 18,000 houses were built by the council on 24 estates in Cross Gates, Middleton, Gipton, Belle Isle and Halton Moor. The slums of Quarry Hill were replaced by the innovative Quarry Hill flats, which were demolished in 1975. Another 36,000 houses were built by private sector builders, creating suburbs in Gledhow, Moortown, Alwoodley, Roundhay, Colton, Whitkirk, Oakwood, Weetwood, and Adel. After 1949 a further 30,000 sub-standard houses were demolished by the council and replaced by 151 medium-rise and high-rise blocks of council flats in estates at Seacroft, Armley Heights, Tinshill, and Brackenwood.{{Harvnb|Unsworth and Stillwell|2004|p=77}}Leeds has seen great expenditure on regenerating the city, attracting in investments and flagship projects,WEB,weblink, Light Shines on Leeds Skyscraper Bids, 24 May 2010,weblink" title="">weblink 11 February 2010, live, as found in Leeds city centre. Many developments boasting luxurious penthouse apartments have been built close to the city centre.


(File:Leeds in West Yorkshire.jpg|alt=This map shows the locations of Leeds (coloured pink) and the other four metropolitan boroughs of West Yorkshire (clockwise from Leeds: Wakefield, Kirklees, Calderdale and Bradford). County and borough boundaries are black, urban areas grey, motorways blue with white stripe, rivers and bodies of water light blue. An inset shows a map of Great Britain with the location of West Yorkshire highlighted.|thumb|right|Map of Leeds in West Yorkshire)(File:River Aire waterfront, Leeds 001.jpg|thumb|alt=The canalised River Aire flows from the Dark Arches under Leeds's main railway station towards the bottom of the picture. To the left of the river is the lock which links the river with the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. To the right is a riverside walk beneath modern buildings, and in the distance, beyond the railway viaduct and station, are more high-rise modern buildings located on the west side of the city centre.|River Aire in Leeds)Leeds is located {{convert|169|mi|}} north-northwest of London,WEB,weblink Distance from Leeds to London,,weblink 18 December 2018, live, 18 December 2018, on the valley of the River Aire in the eastern foothills of the Pennines. The city centre lies in a narrow section of the Aire Valley at about {{convert|206|ft|0}} above sea level; while the district ranges from {{convert|1115|ft|0}} in the far west on the slopes of Ilkley Moor to about {{convert|33|ft|0}} where the rivers Aire and Wharfe cross the eastern boundary. There are also significant variations in elevation within the city itself. For example, land rises to 198m in Cookridge, just 6 miles from the city centre. The centre of Leeds is part of a continuously built-up area extending to Pudsey, Bramley, Horsforth, Alwoodley, Seacroft, Middleton and Morley.WEB,weblink Census 2001:Key Statistics for urban areas in the North; Map 6, Office for National Statistics,, 27 September 2009, 2001, Office for National Statistics, United Kingdom Census 2001, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 9 January 2007, Leeds has the second-highest population of any local authority district in the UK (after Birmingham), and the second-greatest area of any English metropolitan district (after Doncaster), extending {{convert|15|mi|0|abbr=out}} from east to west, and {{convert|13|mi|0|abbr=out}} from north to south. The northern boundary follows the River Wharfe for several miles, but it crosses the river to include the part of Otley which lies north of the river.The city centre is less than twenty miles ({{convert|20|mi|abbr=out|disp=output only}}) from the Yorkshire Dales National Park,WEB,weblink Leeds – the facts, Yorkshire Forward Government agency, 22 January 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 16 February 2009, live, which has some of the most spectacular scenery and countryside in the UK.WEB,weblink Leeds – The Yorkshire Dales, Visit Britain (National UK Tourist Agency), 22 January 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 5 December 2008, live, Inner and southern areas of Leeds lie on a layer of coal measure sandstones forming the Yorkshire Coalfield. To the north parts are built on older sandstone and gritstones and to the east it extends into the magnesian limestone belt.BOOK, Kendall, Percy Fry, Wroot, Herbert, Geology of Yorkshire Part II, EP Publishing Ltd, East Ardsley, Wakefield, 1972, 672–673, 0-85409-762-7, WEB,weblink 5 April 2016, Yorkshire Coalfield, Northern Mine Research Society,weblink" title="">weblink 31 March 2016, live, The land use in the central areas of Leeds is overwhelmingly urban.Attempts to define the exact geographic meaning of Leeds lead to a variety of concepts of its extent, varying by context include the area of the city centre, the urban sprawl, the administrative boundaries, and the functional region.{{Harvnb|Fraser|1982|p=456}}Leeds city centre is contained within the Leeds Inner Ring Road, formed from parts of the A58 road, A61 road, A64 road, A643 road and the M621 motorway. Briggate, the principal north-south shopping street, is pedestrianised and Queen Victoria Street, a part of the Victoria Quarter, is enclosed under a glass roof. Millennium Square is a significant urban focal point. The Leeds postcode area covers most of the City of LeedsWEB,weblink 26 September 2009, Leeds Metropolitan District – Post Codes, Leeds City Council, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 12 December 2009, and is almost entirely made up of the Leeds post town.BOOK, Royal Mail Group, Royal Mail, 2004, Address Management Guide, Royal Mail, Otley, Wetherby, Tadcaster, Pudsey and Ilkley are separate post towns within the postcode area. Aside from the built up area of Leeds itself, there are a number of suburbs and exurbs within the district.


File:Park Square and Leeds Town Hall - - 183544.jpg|left|thumb|Sunny early-June 2006 day at Park Square ]]Leeds has a climate that is oceanic (Köppen: Cfb), and influenced by the Pennines. Summers are usually mild, with moderate rainfall, while winters are chilly, cloudy with occasional snow and frost. The nearest official weather recording station is at Bingley, some twenty kilometres away at a higher altitude.Met Office Bingley temperatures {{Webarchive|url= |date=13 November 2017 }} Retrieved 3 March 2018July is the warmest month, with a mean temperature of {{convert|16|°C|0|abbr=on}}, while the coldest month is January, with a mean temperature of {{convert|3|°C|0|abbr=on}}. Temperatures above {{convert|30|°C|0|abbr=on}} and below {{convert|-10|°C|0|abbr=on}} are not very common but can happen occasionally. Temperatures at Leeds Bradford Airport fell to {{convert|-12.6|°C|1|abbr=on}} in December 2010WEB,weblink Huddersfield temperature verified at −11 in Waterloo last night – plus forecast for the weekend – Local West Yorkshire News – News – Huddersfield Examiner,, 5 August 2011,weblink" title="">weblink 6 November 2012, live, and reached {{convert|31.8|°C|0|abbr=on}} at Leeds city centre in August 2003.WEB,weblink CLIMATE LEEDS WEATHER CTR – Historical August 2003 – Weather,, 5 August 2011,weblink" title="">weblink 6 November 2012, live, The record temperature for Leeds is {{convert|34.4|°C|0|abbr=on}} during the early August 1990 heatwave.As is typical for many sprawling cities in areas of varying topography, temperatures can change depending on location. Average July and August daytime highs exceed {{convert|25|C|F}} (a value comparable to South East England) in a small area just to the south east of the city centre,WEB,weblink July Temperature Map, 20 October 2011,weblink" title="">weblink 6 November 2012, live, WEB,weblink August Temperature Map, 20 October 2011,weblink" title="">weblink 6 November 2012, live, where the elevation declines to under {{convert|20|m|abbr=off}}. This is 2 degrees milder than the typical summer temperature at Leeds Bradford airport weather station (shown in the chart below), at an elevation of {{convert|208|m|abbr=off}}.Situated on the eastern side of the Pennines, Leeds is among the driest cities in the United Kingdom, with an annual rainfall of {{convert|660|mm|2|abbr=on}}.Though extreme weather in Leeds is relatively rare, thunderstorms, blizzards, gale-force winds and even tornadoes have struck the city. The last reported tornado occurred on 14 September 2006, causing trees to uproot and signal failures at Leeds City railway station.NEWS,weblink UK | England | West Yorkshire | Tornado hits during freak storm, BBC News, 14 September 2006, 5 August 2011,weblink" title="">weblink 26 August 2007, live, {{Weather box|location = Leeds Bradford|metric first = Yes|single line = Yes|Jan high C = 5.8|Feb high C = 5.9|Mar high C = 8.7|Apr high C = 11.3|May high C = 15|Jun high C = 18.2|Jul high C = 19.9|Aug high C = 19.9|Sep high C = 17.3|Oct high C = 13.4|Nov high C = 8.8|Dec high C = 6.7|Jan low C = 0.3|Feb low C = 0.2|Mar low C = 1.6|Apr low C = 3.1|May low C = 5.5|Jun low C = 8.5|Jul low C = 10.4|Aug low C = 10.5|Sep low C = 8.7|Oct low C = 6.3|Nov low C = 2.9|Dec low C = 1.2|precipitation colour = green|Jan precipitation mm = 61|Feb precipitation mm = 45|Mar precipitation mm = 52|Apr precipitation mm = 48|May precipitation mm = 54|Jun precipitation mm = 54|Jul precipitation mm = 51|Aug precipitation mm = 65|Sep precipitation mm = 57|Oct precipitation mm = 55|Nov precipitation mm = 57|Dec precipitation mm = 61|Jan precipitation days = 17.5|Feb precipitation days = 14.2|Mar precipitation days = 14.8|Apr precipitation days = 13.5|May precipitation days = 13.7|Jun precipitation days = 12.2|Jul precipitation days = 11.7|Aug precipitation days = 13.2|Sep precipitation days = 12.9|Oct precipitation days = 15.1|Nov precipitation days = 16.5|Dec precipitation days = 17.0|source = WEB,weblink Leeds average weather data., 14 November 2010,,weblink" title="">weblink 21 January 2016, live, WEB,, Average weather statistics for Leeds, 26 May 2011,weblink February 2011,weblink" title="">weblink 7 November 2016, dead, }}

Green belt

{{further|South and West Yorkshire Green Belt}}Leeds is within a green belt region that extends into the wider surrounding counties and is in place to reduce urban sprawl, prevent the settlements in the West Yorkshire conurbation from further convergence, protect the identity of outlying communities, encourage brownfield reuse, and preserve nearby countryside. This is achieved by restricting inappropriate development within the designated areas, and imposing stricter conditions on permitted building.WEB, Unitary Development Plan,weblink, 26 March 2018,weblink 22 March 2018, live, Over 60% of the Leeds district is green belt land and it surrounds the settlement, preventing further sprawl towards nearby communities. Larger outlying towns and villages are exempt from the green belt area. However, smaller villages, hamlets and rural areas are 'washed over' by the designation. The green belt was first adopted in 1960, and the size in the borough in 2017 amounted to some {{convert|33,970|ha|km2+sqmi}}.WEB, Green belt statistics - GOV.UK,weblink, 26 March 2018,weblink 3 July 2018, live, A subsidiary aim of the green belt is to encourage recreation and leisure interests, with rural landscape features, greenfield areas and facilities including Temple Newsam Park and House with golf course, Rothwell Country Park, Middleton Park, Kirkstall Abbey ruins and surrounding park, Bedquilts recreation grounds, Waterloo lake, Roundhay castle and park, and Morwick, Cobble and Elmete Halls.


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Urban subdivision{|class"wikitable" style"float:right; font-size:85%; margin-left:10px;"|+ Leeds compared(File:Leeds urban subdivision in West Yorkshire urban area.png

centerLeeds urban subdivisionshown within the West Yorkshire urban area)Leeds urban subdivision withinthe West Yorkshire urban area! 2001UK Census ||LeedsUSD ||Leedsdistrict ||WestYorks UA ||England (2011)|53,012,456|85.4%|7.8%|3.5%!colspan="5" style="font-size:90%;"|Source: Office for National StatisticsWEB,weblink KS06 Ethnic Group: Census 2001, Key Statistics for urban areas, National Statistics, 16 February 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 4 August 2009, WEB,weblink KS06 Ethnic group: Key Statistics for urban areas, summary results for local authorities, National Statistics, 16 February 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 31 March 2009, live, {{Update|date=April 2016}}At the time of the United Kingdom Census 2001, the Leeds urban subdivision occupied an area of {{convert|109|km2}} and had a population of 443,247; making it the fourth-most populous urban subdivision within England and the fifth largest within the United Kingdom. The population density was {{convert|4066|PD/km2|PD/sqmi}}, slightly higher than the rest of the West Yorkshire Urban Area. It accounts for 20% of the area and 62% of the population of the City of Leeds. The population of the urban subdivision had a 100 to 93.1 female–male ratio.WEB, KS01 Usual resident population: Census 2001, Key Statistics for urban areas, Office for National Statistics,weblink 7 February 2005, 24 September 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 11 March 2005, Of those over 16 years old, 39.4% were single (never married) and 35.4% married for the first time.WEB, KS04 Marital status: Census 2001, Key Statistics for urban areas, Office for National Statistics,weblink 2 February 2005, 24 September 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 29 July 2009, The urban subdivision's 188,890 households included 35% one-person, 27.9% married couples living together, 8.8% were co-habiting couples, and 5.7% single parents with their children. Leeds is the largest component of the West Yorkshire Urban Area and is counted by Eurostat as part of the Leeds-Bradford larger urban zone. The Leeds travel to work area in 2001 included all of the City of Leeds, a northern strip of the City of Bradford, the eastern part of Kirklees, and a section of southern North Yorkshire; it occupies {{convert|751|km2}}.In 2011, the Leeds USD had a population of 474,632 and had an area of 112 square kilometres (70 square miles) with a population density of 4,238 people per square kilometre and 6,780 per square mile.WEB,weblink Leeds (West Yorkshire, Yorkshire and the Humber, United Kingdom) - Population Statistics, Charts, Map, Location, Weather and Web Information,, 12 May 2018,weblink 13 May 2018, live, It is bounded by, and physically attached to, the other towns of Garforth to the east, Morley to the southwest and Pudsey to the west, all being within the wider borough. 63% of the borough's population of 751,485 live in the USD, while it takes up only 21% of its area.{|class="wikitable"! Leeds compared !! Leeds USD !! Leeds City|81.1%|7.7%|3.5%WEB,weblink Leeds – UK Census Data 2011, 17 April 2016,weblink" title="">weblink 16 March 2016, live, WEB,weblink KS201EW (Ethnic group) – Nomis – Official Labour Market Statistics, 17 April 2016,weblink 22 October 2016, live, In 2011, the Leeds USD (Urban Subdivision) had a total 'White' population of 79.1% with this percentage including people from places such as mainland Europe and Ireland. This makes the USD about as multicultural as Salford in Greater Manchester. The USD is what is commonly regarded as being Leeds itself, however it is the wider borough that has been given city status.

Metropolitan district

At the time of the 2011 UK Census, the district had a total population of 751,500, representing a 5% growth since the previous census ten years earlier.WEB,weblink Archived copy, 5 March 2013,weblink" title="">weblink 13 May 2013, live, According to the 2001 UK Census, there were 301,614 households in Leeds; 33.3% were married couples living together, 31.6% were single-person households, 9.0% were co-habiting couples and 9.8% were single parents, following a similar trend to the rest of England.WEB, Leeds Metropolitan Borough household composition (households), Office for National Statistics,weblink 22 July 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 4 June 2011, live, The population density was {{convert|1967|/km2|/sqmi|abbr=on}} and for every 100 females, there were 93.5 males.Leeds is a diverse city with over 75 ethnic groups, and with ethnic minorities representing just under 11.6% of the total population. According to figures from the 2011 UK Census, 85.0% of the population was White (81.1% White British, 0.9% White Irish, 0.1% Gypsy or Irish Traveller, 2.9% Other White), 2.7% of mixed race (1.2% White and Black Caribbean, 0.3% White and Black African, 0.7% White and Asian, 0.5% Other Mixed), 7.7% Asian (2.1% Indian, 3.0% Pakistani, 0.6% Bangladeshi, 0.8% Chinese, 1.2% Other Asian), 3.5% Black (2.0% African, 0.9% Caribbean, 0.6% Other Black), 0.5% Arab and 0.6% of other ethnic heritage.WEB,weblink 2011 Census: Ethnic group, local authorities in England and Wales, ONS, 12 December 2012,weblink" title="">weblink 16 January 2013, live, The majority of people in Leeds identify themselves as Christian.WEB,weblink KS209EW (Religion) - Nomis - Official Labour Market Statistics,, 28 December 2016,weblink" title="">weblink 29 December 2016, live, The proportion of Muslims (3.0% of the population) is average for the country. Leeds has the third-largest community of Jews in the United Kingdom, after those of London and Manchester. The areas of Alwoodley and Moortown contain sizeable Jewish communities.M. Freedman (1988) "The Leeds Jewish Community" pp. 161–174 in L. S. Tate (ed) Aspects of Leeds {{ISBN|1-871647-38-X}} 16.8% of Leeds residents in the 2001 census declared themselves as having "No Religion", which is broadly in line with the figure for the whole of the UK (also 8.1% "religion not stated"). The crime rate in Leeds is well above the national average, like many other English major cities.WEB,weblink Crime figures in Leeds, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 9 October 2008, WEB,weblink Crime Statistics for Leeds Apr 2005 – Mar 2006, Home Office, 26 March 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 6 June 2008, live, In July 2006, the think tank Reform calculated rates of crime for different offences and has related this to populations of major urban areas (defined as towns over 100,000 population). Leeds was 11th in this rating (excluding London boroughs, 23rd including London boroughs).WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, 7 October 2006, Urban Crime Rankings, July 2006, Total recorded crime in Leeds fell by 45% between 2002/03 and 2011/12.The table below details the population of the current area of the district since 1801, including the percentage change since the last available census data.{|class="wikitable" style="width:40%; border:0; text-align:center; line-height:120%;"|+ Population growth in City of Leeds since 1801! style="background:#9cc; color:navy; height:17px;"|Year! style="background:#fff; color:navy;"|1801! style="background:#fff; color:navy;"|1811! style="background:#fff; color:navy;"|1821! style="background:#fff; color:navy;"|1831! style="background:#fff; color:navy;"|1841! style="background:#fff; color:navy;"|1851! style="background:#fff; color:navy;"|1861! style="background:#fff; color:navy;"|1871! style="background:#fff; color:navy;"|1881! style="background:#fff; color:navy;"|1891! style="background:#fff; color:navy;"|1901! style="background:#fff; color:navy;"|1911! style="background:#fff; color:navy;"|1921! style="background:#fff; color:navy;"|1931! style="background:#fff; color:navy;"|1941! style="background:#fff; color:navy;"|1951! style="background:#fff; color:navy;"|1961! style="background:#fff; color:navy;"|1971! style="background:#fff; color:navy;"|1981! style="background:#fff; color:navy;"|1991! style="background:#fff; color:navy;"|2001! style="background:#fff; color:navy;"|2011 style="text-align:center;"! style="background:#9cc; color:navy; height:17px;"|Population94,421108,459137,476183,015222,189249,992311,197372,402433,607503,493552,479606,250625,854646,119668,667692,003715,260739,401696,732716,760715,404751,500! style="background:#9cc; color:navy; height:17px;"|% change–+14.87+26.75+33.13+21.40+12.51+24.48+19.67+16.44+16.12+9.73+9.73+3.23+3.24+3.49+3.49+3.36+3.38−5.77+2.87−0.19+5.05Source: Vision of BritainHTTP://WWW.VISIONOFBRITAIN.ORG.UK/DATA_CUBE_TABLE_PAGE.JSP?DATA_THEME=T_POP&DATA_CUBE=N_TPOP&U_ID=10057140&C_ID=10001043&ADD=N >TITLE=LEEDS DISTRICT: TOTAL POPULATION ACCESS-DATE=26 MARCH 2009 ARCHIVE-DATE=11 JANUARY 2012, live, Retrieved on 19 December 2008.


{{see also|City of Leeds}}File:Civic Hall Leeds West Yorkshire.jpg|right|thumb|Leeds Civic HallLeeds Civic HallThe City of Leeds is the local government district covering Leeds, and the local authority is Leeds City Council. The council is composed of 99 councillors, three for each of the district's wards. Elections are held three years out of four, on the first Thursday of May. One third of the councillors are elected, for a four-year term, in each election. The council is currently controlled by Labour. West Yorkshire does not have a county council, so Leeds City Council is the primary provider of local government services for the city. The district is in the Yorkshire and the Humber region of England.Most of the district is an unparished area. In the unparished area, there is no lower tier of government. Outside the unparished area, there are 31 civil parishes, represented by parish councils. These are the lowest tier of local governmentWEB,weblink Parish and Town Councils, Leeds City Council, 1 April 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 5 April 2009, and absorb some limited functions from Leeds City Council in their areas.The district is represented by eight MPs, for the constituencies of Elmet and Rothwell (Alec Shelbrooke, Conservative); Leeds Central (Hilary Benn, Labour); Leeds East (Richard Burgon, Labour); Leeds North East (Fabian Hamilton, Labour); Leeds North West (Alex Sobel, Labour); Leeds West (Rachel Reeves, Labour); Morley and Outwood (constituency shared with City of Wakefield) (Andrea Jenkyns, Conservative); and Pudsey (Stuart Andrew, Conservative). Leeds is within the Yorkshire and the Humber European constituency, which {{as of|May 2019|lc=on}} is represented by three Brexit Party, one Labour, one Liberal Democrat and one Green Members of the European Parliament.In addition to other national governmental offices, the city is home to a large Department for Work and Pensions office building located in Quarry Hill, notable for its imposing design.


(File:Infirmary Street, Leeds 2012.jpg|thumb|Infirmary Street in the heart of Leeds' Financial District)(File:Leeds CBD at night.jpg|thumb|Central Business District at night.)Leeds has the most diverse economy of all the UK's main employment centres and has seen the fastest rate of private sector jobs growth of any UK city and has the highest ratio of public to private sector jobs of all the UK's Core Cities. The city has the third-largest jobs total by local authority area with 480,000 in employment and self-employment at the beginning of 2015.WEB,weblink Leeds economy, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 18 January 2017, 24.7% were in public administration, education and health, 23.9% were in banking, finance and insurance and 21.4% were in distribution, hotels and restaurants. It is in the banking, finance and insurance sectors that Leeds differs most from the financial structure of the region and the nation.{{Harvnb|Unsworth and Stillwell|2004|p=169}} In 2011, the financial and services industry in Leeds was worth £2.1 billion, the fifth-largest in the UK, behind London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham. Tertiary industries such as retail, call centres, offices and media have contributed to a high rate of economic growth. The city also hosts the only subsidiary office of the Bank of England in the UK. In 2012 GVA for the city was recorded at £18.8 billion,WEB,weblink Archived copy, 9 August 2014, dead,weblink 1 January 2014, with the entire Leeds City Region generating a £56 billion economy.File:Bridgewater place,Leeds.JPG|left|thumb|Bridgewater PlaceBridgewater PlaceIt is the largest centre outside London for financial and business services. Over the next ten years, the economy is forecast to grow by 25% with financial and business services set to generate over half of GVA growth over that period with Finance and business services accounting for 38% of total output. Other key sectors include retail, leisure and the visitor economy, construction, manufacturing and the creative and digital industries.Leeds has over 30 national and international banks, many of whose northern or regional offices are based in the city. It is the headquarters for First Direct and Yorkshire Bank, and has large Barclays, HSBC, Santander, Lloyds Banking Group and RBS Group operations.Financial services |Leeds economy & relocation {{Webarchive|url= |date=18 July 2013 }}. Locate in Leeds. Retrieved on 17 July 2013.The city is also an important centre for equity, venture and risk finance. Founded in Leeds, the venture capital provider, YFM Equity Partners, is now the UK's largest provider of risk capital to small and medium-sized enterprises.Other major companies based in the city include William Hill, International Personal Finance, Asda, Leeds Building Society and Northern Foods. Capita Group, KPMG, Direct Line, Aviva, Yorkshire Building Society, BT Group, Telefónica Europe (otherwise known as O2) and TD Waterhouse all also have a considerable presence in the city.There are around 150 law firms operating in Leeds, employing over 6,700 people. According to The UK Legal 500, "Leeds has a sophisticated and highly competitive legal market, second only to London."Legal services |Leeds economy & relocation {{Webarchive|url= |date=18 July 2013 }}. Locate in Leeds. Retrieved on 17 July 2013.Specialist legal expertise to be found in Leeds includes corporate finance, corporate restructuring and insolvency, global project financing, trade and investment, commercial litigation, competition, construction, Private Finance Initiatives and Public Private Partnerships, tax, derivatives, IT, employment, pensions, intellectual property, sport and entertainment.The establishment of an Administrative Court in Leeds in April 2009 reinforced Leeds' position as one of the UK's key legal centres. The court previously sat only in London.Leeds is the UK's third-largest manufacturing centre and 50% of the UK's manufacturing base is within a two-hour drive of Leeds. With around 1,800 firms and 39,000 employees, Leeds manufacturing firms account for 8.8% of total employment in the city. The largest sub-sectors are engineering, printing and publishing, food and drink, chemicals and medical technology.There is also an established creative industry in the city, particularly in the digital gaming sector. A number of large developers have studios in and around the city, including Activision, developers of the mobile versions of the Call of Duty series, and Rockstar Leeds, developers of the Grand Theft Auto series. In 2009 Leeds was the first city outside London to host the Eurogamer Expo.(File:Park Row - Leeds.jpg|thumb|Park Row in Leeds' Central Business District)Office developments, also traditionally located in the inner area, have expanded south of the River Aire and total {{convert|11000000|sqft}} of space.WEB,weblink The City Centre, Leeds Economy Handbook, Leeds City Council, 2 July 2011, {{dead link|date=May 2016|bot=medic}}{{cbignore|bot=medic}} In the period from 1999 to 2008 £2.5bn of property development was undertaken in central Leeds; of which £711m has been offices, £265m retail, £389m leisure and £794m housing. Manufacturing and distribution uses accounts for £26m of new property development in the period. There are 130,100 jobs in the city centre, accounting for 31% of all jobs in the wider district. In 2007, 47,500 jobs were in finance and business, 42,300 in public services, and 19,500 in retail and distribution. 43% of finance sector jobs in the district are contained in Leeds city centre and 44% of those employed in the city centre live more than nine kilometres ({{convert|9|km|abbr=off|disp=output only}}) away.Tourism is important to the Leeds economy, in 2009 Leeds was the eighth-most visited city in England by UK visitors.WEB, Top 20 Most visited English Cities and Towns in 2009 by UK Residents,weblink 7 September 2010, harv,weblink" title="">weblink 8 October 2010, live, and the 13th-most visited city by overseas visitors.WEB, Top 20 Most Popular UK Cities for International Visitors,weblink 7 September 2010, harv,weblink" title="">weblink 4 December 2010, live, Research by VisitEngland reported that the day visitor market to Leeds attracts 24.9 million people each year, worth over £654 million to the local economy.WEB,weblink Great Britain Day Visitors Survey 2011 : VisitEngland Corporate Site,, 12 March 2013,weblink" title="">weblink 21 September 2013, live, In the 2017 Condé Nast Traveler survey of readers, Leeds rated 6th among The 15 Best Cities in the UK for visitors.WEB,weblink The best cities in the UK,, 27 June 2018,weblink" title="">weblink 27 June 2018, live, In 2016, Leeds received 27.29 million leisure tourist visits generating over £1.6bn for the city, according to data from a STEAM survey. That was a 15.9% increase in revenue over 2015. A 9.7% increase in visits had been recorded since 2013.WEB,weblink Increase in Leeds tourism visitors, Insider Media, Ltd, The industry supported over 19,000 full-time equivalent jobs in 2016.WEB,weblink Full steam ahead for Leeds visitor economy, 27 June 2018,weblink 27 June 2018, live, In January 2011, Leeds was named as one of five "cities to watch" in a report published by Centre for Cities.WEB,weblink Cities Outlook 2011: Annual index reveals UK cities best placed to create jobs and drive economic recovery, Centre for Cities, 24 January 2011, 5 August 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 25 July 2011, The report shows that the average resident in Leeds earns £471 per week,WEB,weblink Archived copy, 15 February 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 28 April 2011, seventeenth nationally and 30.9% of Leeds residents had NVQ4+ high-level qualifications,WEB,weblink Archived copy, 15 February 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 28 April 2011, fifteenth nationally. Employment in Leeds was 68.8% in the period June 2012 to June 2013, which was lower than the national average, whilst unemployment was higher than the national average at 9.6% over the same time period.WEB,weblink ONS data – employment & unemployment,, 15 March 2014,weblink" title="">weblink 1 February 2014, live, It also shows that Leeds will be the least affected major city by welfare cuts in 2014/2015, with welfare cuts of £125 per capita predicted, compared to £192 in Liverpool and £175 in Glasgow.WEB,weblink Archived copy, 15 February 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 28 April 2011, Leeds is overall less deprived than other large UK cities and average income is above regional averages.

Public sector

File:NHS England HQ.jpg|thumb|NHS EnglandNHS EnglandIn Leeds, 108,000 people work in the public sector—24% of the workforce. The largest employers are Leeds City Council, with 33,000 staff, and the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, with 14,000 staff.Public sector |Leeds economy & relocation {{Webarchive|url= |date=18 July 2013 }}. Locate in Leeds. Retrieved on 17 July 2013.Leeds has become a hub of public-sector health bodies. The Department of Health, NHS England, the Care Quality Commission, NHS Digital, and Public Health England all have large offices in Leeds. Europe's largest teaching hospital is also based in Leeds, and is home to the Yorkshire Cancer Centre, the largest of its kind in Europe.Information on Leeds – Facts and Figures {{Webarchive|url= |date=1 July 2013 }}. Leeds City Guide. Retrieved on 17 July 2013.Key government departments and organisations in Leeds include the Department for Work and Pensions, with over 3,000 staff, the Department of Health, with over 800 staff, HM Revenue and Customs with over 1,200 staff and the British Library with 1,100 staff.


File:County Arcade Victoria Quarter Leeds.jpg|thumb|left|Victoria QuarterVictoria Quarter(File:King-edward-street-leeds.jpg|thumb|left|King Edward Street)File:Pinnacle, Leeds 16.jpg|thumb|Trinity LeedsTrinity LeedsFile:Opening day, Victoria Gate, Leeds (20th October 2016) 004.jpg|thumb|Left|Victoria GateVictoria GateThe extensive retail area of Leeds is identified as the principal regional shopping centre for the whole of the Yorkshire and the Humber region with a catchment of 5.5 million people offering a spend of £1.93 billion annually.WEB,weblink Trinity Leeds, Leeds, Land Securities, 23 March 2013,weblink" title="">weblink 29 March 2013, live, There are a number of indoor shopping centres in the centre of the city, including the Merrion Centre, St John's Centre, The Core, the Victoria Quarter, The Light, the Corn Exchange, Trinity Leeds, and Victoria Gate.WEB, Matthew, Chapman,weblink Trinity Leeds kicks off online hype ahead of 2013 opening – Marketing news, Marketing magazine, 10 May 2012, 12 March 2013,weblink" title="">weblink 6 November 2012, live, In total there are well over 1,000 retail stores, with a combined floorspace of {{convert|3660000|sqft}}. in Leeds City Centre.The city centre has a large pedestrian zone. Briggate is the main shopping street where one can find many well-known British High Street stores, including Marks & Spencer, House of Fraser, Debenhams, Topshop, Costa Coffee and Harvey Nichols. Many companies have several stores within Central Leeds and the wider city. The Victoria Quarter is notable for its high-end luxury retailers and impressive architecture. 70 stores such as Louis Vuitton, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, Diesel and anchor Harvey Nichols are contained within two iron-wrought Victorian arcades, and a new arcade formed by arcading Queen Victoria Street with the largest expanse of stained glass in Britain.View Details (Popup) – VQ Website. Retrieved on 17 July 2013. {{webarchive |url= |date=1 November 2013 }}UGG® Australia comes to Leeds' Victoria Quarter. UGG Australia. Retrieved on 17 July 2013.In the Churwell area of Leeds is the White Rose Shopping Centre. Opening in 1997, the centre has over 100 high street stores anchored by Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, Primark and Sainsbury's. Some stores have their only Leeds presence here and do not trade in Central Leeds, such as the Disney Store and Build-A-Bear workshop. Although the centre is below the average typical size for out of town shopping malls like the Trafford Centre or Meadowhall in nearby Yorkshire city Sheffield, it remains popular with national and international chains. Of the 40,000 people who work in retailing in Leeds 75% work in places which are not located in the city centre. There are additional shopping centres located in the many villages that became part of the county borough and in the towns that were incorporated in the City of Leeds in 1974.{{Harvnb|Unsworth and Stillwell|2004|p=245}}On 21 March 2013, a large shopping and leisure complex called Trinity Leeds opened in the city centre. The modern and interactive retail space covers the old Burton Arcades and the former Leeds Shopping Plaza with its main entrance from Briggate.WEB,weblink Trinity Leeds, Leeds | Land Securities Retail Portfolio | Land Securities Retail, 2012, 28 February 2012,weblink" title="">weblink 17 January 2012, live, On 20 October 2016, the newest shopping destination called Victoria Gate opened its doors to the public. The new shopping mall houses a flagship John Lewis store, the largest outside London. Seventy-five per cent of the stores that opened in Victoria Gate were new to Leeds with many of those stores being the first outside of London.NEWS,weblink Verdict on Victoria Gate launch day, Yorkshire Evening Post, 30 October 2016,weblink" title="">weblink 31 October 2016, live,


File:General Post Office, City Square, Leeds (former) (4824877432).jpg|thumb| The Old Post Office in Leeds City Square ]]File:Kirkstall Abbey at sunset.jpg|thumb|Kirkstall AbbeyKirkstall Abbey{{see also|Architecture of Leeds|Listed buildings in Leeds}}Leeds displays a variety of natural and built landmarks. Natural landmarks include such diverse sites as the gritstone outcrop of Otley Chevin and the Fairburn Ings RSPB reserve. The city's parks at Roundhay and Temple Newsam have long been owned and maintained by the council for the benefit of ratepayers and among the open spaces in the centre of Leeds are Millennium Square, City Square, Park Square and Victoria Gardens. This last is the site of the central city war memorial: there are 42 other war memorials in the suburbs, towns and villages in the district.WEB,weblink War memorials, Leeds City Council, 6 November 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 3 March 2009, The built environment embraces edifices of civic pride like Morley Town Hall and the trio of buildings in Leeds, Leeds Town Hall, Corn Exchange and Leeds City Museum by the architect Cuthbert Brodrick. The two white buildings on the Leeds skyline are the Parkinson building of Leeds University and the Civic Hall, with golden owls adorning the tops of the latter's twin spires.WEB,weblink Leodis – a photographic archive of Leeds – Display, Leeds City Council. Leodis, 6 November 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 28 November 2011, live, Armley Mills, Tower Works, with its campanile-inspired towers, and the Egyptian-style Temple Works hark back to the city's industrial past, while the site and ruins of Kirkstall Abbey display the beauty and grandeur of Cistercian architecture. Notable churches are Leeds Minster (formerly Leeds Parish Church), St George's Church and Leeds Cathedral, in the city centre, and the Church of St John the Baptist, Adel and Bardsey Parish Church in quieter locations. Notable non-conformist chapels include the Salem Chapel, dating back to 1791 and notably the birthplace of Leeds United Football Club in 1919.WEB, aql's historic head office – the Salem Chapel,weblink aql, 14 April 2012,weblink" title="">weblink 19 January 2012, live, WEB, Salem United Reformed Church: Historical Information,weblink aql, 14 April 2012, 6, November 2011,weblink 5 January 2012, dead, Leeds is one of only a few UK cities outside of London to have a significant number of high-rise buildings, the {{convert|112|m|adj=on}} tower of Bridgewater Place, also known as The Dalek, is part of a major office and residential development and the region's tallest building; it can be seen for miles around.WEB,weblink Bridgewater Place, Leeds – Building No. 734,, 5 November 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 4 February 2010, live, Bridgewater Place has been the subject of debate as its erection in 2007 caused significant wind tunnel effects, channeling strong wind currents across Victoria Road. There have been numerous injuries attributed to the inadequate architecture of this buildingWEB,weblink Bridgewater Place 'wind tunnel caused Leeds injuries', BBC News, 10 February 2012, 21 June 2018,weblink 10 November 2018, live, and Water Lane is frequently closed when high winds are expected. In 2017 Leeds City Council undertook construction work in an attempt to deflect the wind from street level and the building owners of Bridgewater Place agreed to pay to cover the public money being spent.WEB,weblink End in sight for 'wind tunnel' safety work at Bridgewater Place in Leeds,weblink 30 May 2019, live, 30 May 2019, WEB,weblink Leeds' Bridgewater Place owners to foot £900,000 wind bill, BBC News, 1 December 2016, 21 June 2018,weblink 22 April 2019, live, Among other Skyscrapers the 37-storey Sky Plaza to the north of the city centre stands on higher ground so that its {{convert|106|m}} is higher than Bridgewater Place.Elland Road (football) and Headingley Stadium (cricket and rugby) are well known to sports enthusiasts and the White Rose Centre is a well-known retail outlet. (File:Leedsskylineatnight.jpg|thumb|centre|upright=3.4|Leeds city centre, viewed from South Leeds at night)


Leeds' transport system is dominated by cars, and it is currently the 9th most congested UK city, with congestion costing £1,057 per driver.WEB,weblink Congestion Costs U.K. Nearly £8 Billion in 2018,weblink" title="">weblink 30 May 2019, live, 30 May 2019, There were plans for a Leeds Supertram in the 1990s, and £500 million in funding was to be provided; however, due to spiraling costs the plans were cancelled by the Transport Minister Alistair Darling in 2005, even though £40 million had already been spent on the project. Hopes were renewed with the proposal for a £250 million New Generation Transport Trolleybus service in 2007; however, after a long wait and millions of pounds spent on inquiries, the plans were cancelled in May 2016 citing little value for money.NEWS,weblink 'Not suitable for development': Leeds trolleybus scheme is thrown out, Yorkshire Evening Post, 12 August 2016,weblink" title="">weblink 18 August 2016, live, One street in Leeds has been measured as the most polluted outside London.NEWS,weblink Air pollution: Leeds street worst outside London, says campaign, 30 May 2019, As part of plans to tackle inner city air pollution, Leeds will introduce a Clean Air Zone in 2020, which will charge the most polluting buses, coaches HGVs £50 a day to enter the city, while taxis and private hire vehicles which are not clean enough will be charged £12.50 a day. The proposals came after the government ordered the council to come up with ways to lower the air pollution in the city, which causes around 29,000 premature deaths in the UK.WEB,weblink Leeds lorry drivers face £50 daily charge in bid to cut air pollution, John, Bennett, 9 October 2018,, 13 October 2018,weblink 14 October 2018, live,


(File:Moor Road Underpass - - 1600451.jpg|thumb|M621 heading towards Central Leeds)Leeds is the starting point of the A62, A63, A64, A65 and A660 roads, and is also situated on the A58 and A61. The M1 and M62 intersect to its south and the A1(M) passes to the east. Leeds is one of the principal hubs of the northern motorway network. Additionally, there is an urban motorway network; the radial M621 takes traffic into central Leeds from the M62 and M1. There is an Inner Ring Road with part motorway status and an Outer Ring Road. Part of the city centreWEB,weblink leedsliveitloveit, leedsliveitloveit, 15 March 2014, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 25 March 2009, is pedestrianised, and is encircled by the clockwise-only Loop Road.File:Leeds city railway stration.jpg|thumb|Leeds railway stationLeeds railway stationFile:LBIA terminal 1.jpg|thumb|Leeds Bradford International Airport ]]


File:Bus concourse (100075341).jpg|thumb|Leeds Bus StationLeeds Bus StationPublic transport in the Leeds area is coordinated and developed by West Yorkshire Metro,WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, 9 December 2012, What is Metro,, 10 February 2009, with service information provided by Leeds City CouncilWEB,weblink Leeds Travel Info, 10 February 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 6 October 2008, live, and West Yorkshire Metro. The primary means of public transport in Leeds are the bus services. The main provider is First Leeds and Arriva Yorkshire serves routes to the south of the city. Leeds City bus station is at Dyer Street and is used by bus services to towns and cities in Yorkshire, plus a small number of local services. Adjacent to it is the coach station for National Express coach services. Buses out of the city are mainly provided by First Leeds and Arriva Yorkshire. Harrogate Bus Company provides a service to Harrogate and Ripon. Keighley Bus Company provides a service to Shipley, Bingley and Keighley. The Yorkshire Coastliner service runs from Leeds to Bridlington, Filey, Scarborough and Whitby via York and Malton. Stagecoach in Hull provides a service to Hull via Goole. Stagecoach Yorkshire provides services to Barnsley.


From Leeds railway station at New Station Street, West Yorkshire Metro trains operated by Northern run to Leeds' suburbs and onwards to all parts of Leeds City Region. The station is one of the busiest in England outside London, with over 900 trains and 50,000 passengers passing through every day.WEB,weblink Station usage – : Office of Rail Regulation,, 14 October 2008,weblink" title="">weblink 5 July 2007, live, It provides national and international connections as well as services to local and regional destinations. The station itself has 17 platforms, making it the largest in England outside London.WEB,weblink A guide to Leeds. Leeds facilities, schools, general information, West Yorkshire,, 14 October 2008,weblink" title="">weblink 3 January 2009, live, The city and metropolitan borough of Leeds is served by 16 railway stations and there are plans to open several more within the next 20 years.NEWS, Plans for three new Leeds railway stations unveiled,weblink 13 June 2018,, 5 December 2016,weblink" title="">weblink 12 June 2018, live,


Leeds Bradford International Airport is located in Yeadon, about {{convert|8|mi||abbr=}} to the north-west of the city centre, and has direct flights from 8 UK destinations and 70 international destinations. Scheduled services run between Leeds Bradford Airport and London Heathrow, Amsterdam, Dublin and Barcelona. There is also a direct rail service from Leeds to Manchester Airport.


File:Waterloo Lake Roundhay 07.jpg|thumb|right|Waterloo Lake in Roundhay ParkRoundhay ParkFile:Temple Newsam.jpg|thumb|The Mansion at Temple NewsamTemple Newsam


The Leeds Country Way is a waymarked circular walk of {{convert|62|mi}} through the rural outskirts of the city, never more than {{convert|7|mi|0}} from City Square. The Meanwood Valley Trail leads from Woodhouse Moor along Meanwood Beck to Golden Acre Park. The Leeds extension of the Dales Way follows the Meanwood Valley Trail before it branches off to head towards Ilkley and Windermere. Leeds is on the northern section of the Trans Pennine Trail for walkers and cyclists, and the towpath of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal is another popular walking and cycling route. The White Rose Way walking trail to Scarborough begins at City Square. In addition, there are many parks and public footpaths in both the urban and rural parts of Leeds, and The Ramblers' Association, YHA and other walking organisations offer sociable walks. The Ramblers' Association publish various booklets of walks in and around Leeds.WEB,weblink RA website with walking booklets, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 27 February 2010,

Parks and open spaces

Leeds has many large parks and open spaces. Roundhay Park is the largest park in the city, and is one of the largest city parks in Europe. The park has more than {{convert|700|acre|km2}}NEWS, High-wire rope course plan ditched,weblink 13 June 2018, BBC News, 2017,weblink 26 September 2018, live, of parkland, lakes, woodland and gardens which are all owned by Leeds City Council. Other parks in the city include: Beckett Park, Bramley Fall Park, Cross Flatts Park, East End Park, Golden Acre Park, Gotts Park,Leeds City Council, Gotts Park {{Webarchive|url= |date=23 September 2018 }}, accessed 23 September 2018 the gardens and grounds of Harewood House, Horforth Hall Park, Meanwood Park, Middleton Park, Potternewton Park, Pudsey Park,Leeds City Council, Pudsey Park {{Webarchive|url= |date=11 September 2018 }}, accessed 23 September 2018 Temple Newsam, Western Flatts Park and Woodhouse Moor. There are many more smaller parks and open spaces scattered around the city, which makes Leeds one of the greenest cities in the United Kingdom in a 2017 survey. Leeds was ranked at number seven, just behind Sheffield, but ahead of Bradford, Manchester and Liverpool.NEWS, How green is your city? UK's top 10 mapped and ranked,weblink 13 June 2018, The Guardian, 5 January 2017,weblink 13 June 2018, live, As part of the South Bank regeneration project there are plans for a new 3.5 hectare city centre park located close to the former Tetley Brewery site.WEB,weblink NEW LANDMARK CITY CENTRE PARK IN LEEDS SET TO MOVE A STEP CLOSER,weblink 30 May 2019, live, 30 May 2019, Planning permission for the first phase to be undertaken by Vastint UK was granted in December 2018.WEB,weblink City park at Tetley's site gains planning permission,weblink 30 May 2019, live, 30 May 2019,



At the time of the 2001 census Leeds had a population of 183,000 young people aged 0–19 of whom 110,000 were attending local authority schools.{{Harvnb|Unsworth and Stillwell|2004|p=148}} In 2008 Education Leeds, a non-profit company owned by Leeds City Council, provided for 220 primary schools, 39 secondary schools and 6 special inclusive learning centres.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, 27 September 2011, School Population Tables 2008.pdf, Education Leeds, 1 November 2009, Under the government Building Schools for the Future initiative, Leeds secured £260m to transform 13 secondary schools into high achieving, e-confident, inclusive schools. The first three of these schools at Allerton High School, Pudsey Grangefield School and Rodillian School were opened in September 2008.WEB,weblink Building Schools for the Future – BSF in Leeds,, 21 April 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 11 May 2008, The demand for primary school places in Leeds has recently hit a 15-year peak, with an estimated 10,500 new starters this year.WEB,weblink Demand for Leeds primary school places at 15-year high, Yorkshire Evening Post, 19 March 2016,weblink" title="">weblink 21 March 2016, live, The city's oldest and largest private school is the Grammar School at Leeds, which was legally re-created in 2005 following the merger of Leeds Grammar School, established 1552, and Leeds Girls' High School, established 1876. Other independent schools in Leeds include faith schools serving the JewishWEB,weblink Leeds Menorah School, Ofsted, 1 November 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 11 December 2010, live, and MuslimWEB,weblink New Horizons School, Ofsted, 1 November 2009, communities.Leeds was one of a number of local authorities to try the three-tier system with first, middle and secondary schools. It reverted to the two-tier system in 1992.

Further and higher education

File:Parkinson Building, Leeds University, England-12Sept2010.jpg|thumb|Parkinson Building at the leftFile:Broadcasting Tower, Leeds, West Yorkshire.jpg|thumb|right|Broadcasting Tower at Leeds Beckett UniversityLeeds Beckett UniversityFurther education in Leeds is provided by Elliott Hudson College, Leeds City College (formed by a merger in 2009 and having over 60,000 students), Leeds College of Building, and Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College. {{clear|left}}Institutions providing higher education include: The University of Leeds has about 31,000 students, of which 21,500 are full-time or sandwich undergraduate degree students,WEB,weblink University of Leeds, UCAS, 5 March 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 10 June 2008, Leeds Beckett University has 25,805WEB,weblink Leeds Beckett University, 9 March 2016, 30 January 2015,weblink" title="">weblink 29 January 2015, live, students of which 12,000 are full-time or sandwich undergraduate degree students and 2,100 full-time or sandwich HND students.WEB,weblink Leeds Beckett University, UCAS, 5 March 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 9 June 2008, Leeds Trinity University has just under 3,000 students.WEB,weblink About us, Leeds Trinity University College, 28 September 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 25 September 2009, The city was voted the Best UK University Destination by a survey in The Independent newspaper.WEB,weblink The Complete University Guide, The Complete University Guide, 5 August 2011,weblink" title="">weblink 29 October 2009, live,


{{See also|Culture of Leeds}}Leeds embarked on a five-year cultural investment programme culminating in a year of cultural celebration in 2023. In 2023 the city will hold an international cultural festival which will harness the energy, creativity and momentum of the bid to be European Capital of Culture 2023.WEB,weblink About Leeds 2023,weblink" title="">weblink 15 March 2019, live, 30 May 2019,


File:Leeds. Henry Moore town - - 353135.jpg|thumb|Henry Moore Statue outside Leeds Art GalleryLeeds Art GalleryAlthough the city's municipal art gallery (Leeds Art Gallery) did not open until 1888, art practice and collecting has a long history in Leeds. J. M. W. Turner painted numerous scenes in and around the city,David Hill, Turner and Leeds (Leeds: Northern Arts Publications, 2008) p.1f and the city was home to one of Britain's largest collections of Pre-Raphaelite Art, owned by Thomas Plint, during the nineteenth century.Caroline Arscott, 'Without Distinction of Party' in Janet Wolff and John Seed (eds.)The Culture of Capital (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1988) p.135 There was also an early history of holding large-scale public exhibitions in the city, most notably the series of 'Polytechnic Exhibitions' held regularly from 1839.Toshio Kusamitsu, 'Great Exhibitions before 1851' in History Workshop, No. 9 (Spring, 1980), p.76f. See also Caroline Arscott, 'Without Distinction of Party' in Janet Wolff and John Seed (eds.)The Culture of Capital (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1988) p.135Leeds produced many notable artists and sculptors, including Kenneth Armitage, John Atkinson Grimshaw, Jacob Kramer, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Edward Wadsworth and Joash Woodrow, and was the centre for a particularly radical strain of British art. Before the First World War Leeds was the home of an unusual modernist arts organisation, called the Leeds Arts Club, founded by Alfred Orage, which lasted from 1903 to 1923. Notable members included Jacob Kramer, Herbert Read, Frank Rutter and Michael Sadler. As well as advocating a radical political agenda, supporting the Suffragettes, the Independent Labour Party and the Fabian Society, and promoting the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, the Leeds Arts Club was almost unique in Britain as being an exponent of German Expressionist ideas about art and culture. As a result, it staged very early British exhibitions of work by European expressionist artists, such as Wassily Kandinsky, showing their work in the city as early as 1913,Tom Steele, Alfred Orage and the Leeds Arts Club (London: Orage Press, 2009) and produced its own English Expressionist artists, including Jacob Kramer and Bruce Turner.Michael Paraskos, The Yorkshire Art Exhibition (Scarborough: Scarborough Museum and Art Gallery, 2000); see also Michael Paraskos, English Expressionism (unpublished academic dissertation, University of Leeds, 1997)In the 1920s Leeds College of Art was the starting point for the careers of the sculptors Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, and in the 1950s, and 1960s it was one of the leading centres for radical art education in Britain under the guidance of artists such as Harry Thubron and Tom Hudson, and the art historian Norbert Lynton. Their attempts to redefine what art education should mean in the post-Second World War period led the artist Patrick Heron to claim in 1971 in The Guardian newspaper that "Leeds is the most influential art school in Europe since the Bauhaus".Patrick Heron, 'Murder of the Art Schools', in The Guardian (UK newspaper), 12 October 1971, p.8 This willingness to push at the boundaries of acceptable public behaviour from artists was also evident in 1966 when Leeds College of Art staged an exhibition of paintings by the Cypriot artist Stass Paraskos, who taught at the College, which was raided by the police after allegations of obscenity.Norbert Lynton, Stass Paraskos (Mitcham: Orage Press, 2003) p.7fThis radicalism continued into the 1970s when the higher education component of Leeds College of Art was split from the college to form the nucleus of the new multidisciplinary Leeds Polytechnic, now called Leeds Beckett University. Performance art had been taught earlier at Leeds College of Art, notably by the Fluxus artist Robin Page during his time as a tutor there in the mid-1960s, but in 1977 a performance art work hit the national news headlines when the students Pete Parkin and Derek Wain used an air pistol to shoot a line up of live budgerigars in front of an audience at Leeds Polytechnic.Paul Rooney, Thin Air (Leeds: Leeds Metropolitan University, 2009) p.10fThe University of Leeds was the alma mater of Herbert Read, one of the leading international theorists of modern art from the mid-twentieth century,Michael Paraskos, 'Herbert Read and Leeds', in Benedict Read and David Thistlewood, Herbert Read: A British Vision of World Art (Leeds: Leeds City Art Gallery, 1993) p.25 and also the teaching base for the Marxist art historian Arnold Hauser from 1951 to 1985.Katharina Scherke, 'Arnold Hauser and the Social History of Art', in Peter Weibel, Beyond Art: A Third Culture: A Comparative Study in Cultures, Art and Science in 20th Century Austria and Hungary (Berlin: Springer, 2005) p.478 Partly due to Herbert Read's connection with the University, from 1950 to 1970 the University was the host of one of the first artist-in-residence schemes in Britain, using funding from the then owner of Lund Humphries books, Peter Gregory. The Gregory Fellowships, as the residencies were known, were given to painters and sculptors for up to two years to allow them to develop their own work and influence the University in any way they saw fit. Amongst those holding the fellowships were Kenneth Armitage, Reg Butler, Dennis Creffield and Terry Frost and others. Parallel Gregory Fellowships also existed in music and poetry at the University.Hilary Diaper, 'The Gregory Fellowships', in Benedict Read and David Thistlewood, Herbert Read: A British Vision of World Art (Leeds: Leeds City Art Gallery, 1993) p.133fLeeds was also a centre for radical feminist art, with one of the first galleries in Britain dedicated to showing the work of women photographers, the Pavilion Gallery, opening in the city in 1983, and the University of Leeds School of Fine Art being a well-known centre for the development of feminist art history, under Griselda Pollock, during the 1980s and 1990s. Possibly as a result of the strength of feminist art in Leeds, in November 1984 an exhibition of ceramics by students and staff at Leeds Polytechnic was attacked by a group of feminist activists who destroyed eight sculptures on display which they deemed to be degrading to women.John A. Walker, Art and Outrage (London: Pluto Press, 1999) pp. 134–138 The University of Leeds's School of Fine Art also specialised in Art & Language conceptual art practice, under Terry Atkinson, again in the 1980s and 1990s.James Charnley, Creative Licence: From Leeds College of Art to Leeds Polytechnic, 1963-1973 (Cambridge: James Clarke and Co Ltd, 2015) p.254A major sculpture research centre and gallery, the Henry Moore Institute, is located alongside Leeds Art Gallery in the city centre, and in 2013 a new contemporary art centre, called The Tetley, opened on the site of the former Tetley Brewery to the south of the city centre.In March 2017, The Times voted Leeds as the number one cultural place to live in Britain. This was ahead of London, Birmingham, St Ives, Stratford-upon-Avon and Cheltenham. The citation notes that Leeds has Opera North, the Northern Ballet, and the West Yorkshire Playhouse (now Leeds Playhouse), amongst many other attractions that ranked it at number one.NEWS, Whateley, Laura, 20 best cultural places to live, The Times, 72171, 15 March 2017, times2 supplement, 6–7, 0140-0460,

Carnivals and festivals

File:Leeds West Indian Carnival.jpg|thumb|right|Leeds West Indian Carnival ]]File:7.10.16 Light Night Leeds 088 (30096460721).jpg|thumb|(Light Night]]: One of the UK's largest annual arts and light festivals)Leeds West Indian Carnival is Western Europe's oldest West Indian Carnival, and the UK's third-largest after the Notting Hill and Nottingham Carnival.WEB,weblink Leeds Get-together – Leeds West Indian Carnival, BBC, 22 July 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 24 July 2012, live, WEB,weblink Leeds West Indian Carnival,, 7 August 2005, 22 July 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 28 May 2009, live, It attracts around 100,000 people over 2 days to the streets of Chapeltown and Harehills. There is a large procession that finishes at Potternewton Park, where there are stalls, entertainment and refreshments. The Leeds Festival, featuring some of the biggest names in rock and indie music, takes place every year in Bramham Park. The Leeds Asian Festival, formerly the Leeds Mela, is held in Roundhay Park.NEWS,weblink Roundhay Park hosts Leeds Asian Festival, McTaggart, Susan, 6 August 2009, Yorkshire Evening Post, 2 November 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 29 October 2009, live, The Otley Folk Festival (patron: Nic Jones),WEB,weblink Otley Folk Festival website, 2 November 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 2 May 2009, live, Walking Festival,WEB,weblink Otley Walking Festival, Chevin Trek, 2 November 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 26 June 2010, live, CarnivalWEB,weblink Otley Carnival, Otley Town Council, 2 November 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 11 March 2010, live, and Victorian Christmas FayreNEWS,weblink Otley Victorian Fayre gets injection of new blood, Jack, Jim, 16 October 2009, Wharfedale & Airedale Observer, 2 November 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 22 October 2009, live, are annual events. Light Night Leeds takes place each October, and many venues in the city are open to the public for Heritage Open Days in September.WEB,weblink Heritage Open Days, Leeds Civic Trust, 2 November 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 27 May 2011, The Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, established in 1963 by Fanny Waterman and Marion Stein, has been held in the city every three years since 1963 and has launched the careers of many major concert pianists. The Leeds International Concert Season, which includes orchestral and choral concerts in Leeds Town Hall and other events, is the largest local authority music programme in the UK.WEB,weblink Leeds International Concert Season website,, 5 August 2011,weblink" title="">weblink 9 August 2011, dead, The Leeds International Film Festival is the largest film festival in England outside LondonWEB,weblink Lights, camera, action, BBC, September 2003, 22 July 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 14 January 2009, live, and shows films from around the world. It incorporates the highly successful Leeds Young People's Film Festival, which features exciting and innovative films made both for and by children and young people.WEB,weblink Home,, 22 March 2019,weblink 22 March 2019, live, Garforth is host to the fortnight-long festival The Garforth Arts Festival which has been an annual event since 2005. The Chapel Allerton Arts Festival is a week-long music and arts event starting in 1998 and held the week after August Bank Holiday each year.WEB, Chapel Allerton Arts Festival,weblink Chapel Allerton Arts Festival,, 26 February 2014, 15 March 2014,weblink" title="">weblink 11 February 2014, live, The Leeds Festival Fringe is a week long-music festival created in 2010 to showcase local talent in the week prior to Leeds Festival.Light Night, one of the UK's largest annual arts and light festivals, is a huge fixture on the calendar, taking place in the first week of October, turning the entire city into an art installation with light shows, projections, installations and lots more.WEB,weblink Light Night Leeds,weblink 30 May 2019, live, 30 May 2019, Leeds Pride is an annual LGBT+ festival held since 2006 supported by the city council and local business.NEWS, Glypta, Anna, 10 August 2006, Share in our Pide, Yorkshire Evening Post, In 2018 attendance was 40,000NEWS, Evans, Alex, 5 August 2018, Leeds Pride 2018: Thousands gather in Leeds city centre for colourful event,weblink Yorkshire Evening Post, 8 August 2018, with over 100 floats and benefits the city by over £3.8 million.WEB,weblink Leeds Pride - Impact Survey 2017, 7 July 2018, WEB,weblink Thousands turn out for Leeds Pride parade, 5 August 2018,, BBC, 8 August 2018, The city has a sponsorship scheme for its 15 Rainbow Plaques commemorating places and events that are of significance to the LGBT+ community organised through Leeds Civic Trust.NEWS, Rainbow plaque trail set for Leeds,weblink Yorkshire Evening Post, 12 February 2018, 11 October 2018, Other festivals include Transform and Thought Bubble.


File:Louis Le Prince.jpg|thumb|Louis Le PrinceLouis Le PrinceIn October 1888 Louis Le Prince filmed moving picture sequences Roundhay Garden Scene and a Leeds Bridge street scene using his single-lens camera and Eastman's paper film.WEB,weblink PDF, Pioneers of Early Cinema: 1, AIMÉ AUGUSTIN LE PRINCE (1841–1890?), 2,, he developed a single-lens camera which he used to make moving picture sequences at the Whitley family home in Roundhay and of Leeds Bridge in October 1888. ... it has been claimed that a photograph of a drowned man in the Paris police archives is that of Le Prince., 25 November 2012,weblink" title="">weblink 16 October 2013, live, These were several years before the work of competing inventors such as Auguste and Louis Lumière and Thomas Edison.Today, Leeds International Film Festival's International Short Film Competition is named after Louis Le Prince.WEB,weblink Leeds Short Film, 2 March 2016,weblink" title="">weblink 8 March 2016, live, The 2015 documentary film The First Film, which first aired at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, documents Le Prince's pioneering status.NEWS, Youngs, Ian, Louis Le Prince, who shot the world's first film in Leeds,weblink 25 November 2016, BBC News, 23 June 2015,weblink" title="">weblink 19 October 2016, live, Wordsworth Donisthorpe who was also from Leeds, filmed the second-oldest-surviving film. It is not known if he and Louis Le Prince ever met but they both had a strong connection to the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society. Donisthorpe's patent for a camera to capture the moving image pre dated Le Prince's by twelve years.{{citation needed|date=November 2016}}Leeds has a rich film exhibition culture. In addition to the Leeds International Film Festival and Leeds Young Film Festival, the city hosts numerous independent cinemas and pop-up venues for film screenings.WEB,weblink Leeds Film City, 27 May 2015,weblink" title="">weblink 27 May 2015, live, The Cottage Road Cinema and Hyde Park Picture House have continuously been showing films since 1912 and 1914, respectively, which ranks them among the oldest still-running cinemas in the UK.WEB,weblink Cottage Road Cinema, 27 May 2015,weblink" title="">weblink 27 May 2015, live,


{{See also|Category:Television shows set in Leeds|Category:Films set in Leeds}}File:BBC Yorkshire, Leeds - - 1026004.jpg|left|thumb|alt=A quirky modern five-storey building with a large sign saying "BBC Yorkshire" in black above the second-floor windows on the white-fronted façade of the lower four floors can be seen on the far side of a dual-carriageway road with a barrier along the central reservation. At right-angles to the right of the building is a tall blue slab with the letters "BBC" in white at the top. The left side of the building is mostly brick-red with a few windows, but above it is a light blue windowless section. The roof above this and the grey fifth floor of the frontage curves gently down to the rear. A lone car is driving from left to right along the road; between it and the building, temporary boards have been erected in front of a building to the left. In the top left-hand corner of the picture, part of a tall many-windowed building can be seen.|BBC YorkshireBBC Yorkshire Yorkshire Post Newspapers Ltd, owned by Johnston Press plc, is based in the city, and produces a daily morning broadsheet, The Yorkshire Post, and an evening paper, the Yorkshire Evening Post (YEP). The YEP has a website which includes a series of community pages which focus on specific areas of the city.NEWS, Local pages, Yorkshire Evening Post,weblink 28 April 2008, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 10 April 2008, The Wetherby News covers mainly areas within the north eastern sector of the district, and the Wharfedale & Airedale Observer, published in Ilkley, covers the north west, both appearing weekly. The two largest universities both have student newspapers, the weekly Leeds Student from the University of Leeds and the monthly The Met from Leeds Beckett University. The Leeds Guide was a fortnightly listings magazine, which was established in 1997 and ceased publication in 2012. Free publications include the Leeds Weekly News, produced by Yorkshire Post Newspapers in four geographic versions and distributed to households in the main urban area of the city,WEB,weblink Leeds Weekly News, British Newspapers Online, 29 October 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 22 February 2009, live, and the regional version of Metro which is distributed on buses and at railway stations.Regional television and radio stations have bases in the city: BBC Television and ITV both have regional studios and broadcasting centres in Leeds, in addition to Channel 4 having recently announced that their national HQ will be located in Leeds.NEWS,weblink Channel 4 chooses Leeds as new national headquarters, Waterson, Jim, 31 October 2018, The Guardian, 11 March 2019, en-GB, 0261-3077,weblink 15 April 2019, live, ITV Yorkshire, formerly Yorkshire Television, broadcasts from the Leeds Studios on Kirkstall Road. There are a number of independent film production companies, including the not-for-profit cooperative Leeds Animation Workshop, founded in 1978; community video producers Vera Media and several small commercial production companies. BBC Radio Leeds, Radio Aire, Greatest Hits Radio, Capital Yorkshire, Heart Yorkshire and Yorkshire Radio broadcast from the city., is based in Leeds University Union, and regularly hosts outside broadcasts around the city. Many communities within Leeds now have their own local radio stations, such as East Leeds FM and Tempo FM for Wetherby and the surrounding areas.Made in Leeds is a local television station which launched across the city in 2014.WEB, Licensing Local Television – Statement,weblink Ofcom, 11 March 2013, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 30 April 2013, A privately owned television station: Leeds Television is run by volunteers and supported by professionals in the media industry.{{Citation needed|date=September 2010}}


File:Royal Armouries Leeds West Yorkshire.jpg|left|thumb|Royal Armouries MuseumRoyal Armouries MuseumFile:Leeds-city-museum.jpg|thumb|Leeds City MuseumLeeds City Museum(File:Leeds Museum Discovery Centre 2017.jpg|thumb|right|Leeds Museum Discovery Centre)Leeds has over 16 museums and galleries including 9 that are council-run.A new Leeds City Museum opened in 2008WEB,weblink Leeds City Museum website, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 10 June 2015, in Millennium Square. Leeds' major museum, it showcases the City's Designated collections of local history, world cultures, natural history, archaeology and fine and decorative arts plus a diverse programme of special exhibitions.Abbey House Museum is housed in the former gatehouse of Kirkstall Abbey, and includes walk-through Victorian streets and galleries describing the history of the abbey, childhood, and Victorian Leeds.Armley Mills Industrial Museum is housed in what was once the world's largest woollen mill,WEB,weblink Museum homepage, hosted on Leeds City Council website, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 1 July 2012, and includes industrial machinery and railway locomotives. This museum also shows the first known moving pictures in the world which were taken in the city, by Louis Le Prince, of a Roundhay Garden Scene and of Leeds Bridge in 1888. These short film clips can be found on YouTube.Thwaite Mills Watermill Museum is a fully restored 1820s water-powered mill on the River Aire to the east of the city centre.The Thackray Museum is a museum of the history of medicine, featuring topics such as Victorian public health, pre-anaesthesia surgery, and safety in childbirth. It is housed in a former workhouse next to St James's Hospital.The Royal Armouries Museum, the United Kingdom's national collection of arms and armour, opened in 1996 in a dramatic modern building when this part of the collection was transferred from the Tower of London. It is located a short distance from the city centre at Leeds Dock.Nearby is the Leeds Museum Discovery Centre (formerly housed at the Leeds Museum Resource Centre in Yeadon),National Archives {{Webarchive|url= |date=4 March 2017 }} Leeds Museum Discovery Centre the major storage of items not currently on display in museums, and open to the public by appointment.Leeds Discovery Centre {{Webarchive|url= |date=2 May 2017 }} websiteLeeds Art Gallery houses important collections of traditional and contemporary British art, with the best twentieth century collection outside London and a colourful wall painting for the Victorian staircase by Lothar Götz.WEB,weblink Leeds Art Gallery Reopening, 27 November 2017, Apollo Magazine, en-US, 11 March 2019,weblink 8 December 2017, live, Just next door, The Henry Moore Institute is dedicated to celebrating sculpture. In the iconic building, they host a year-round changing programme of historical, modern and contemporary exhibitions presenting sculpture from across the world. Located in the striking art deco headquarters of the former brewery, The Tetley is a centre for contemporary art, centred on creativity, innovation and experimentation.Smaller museums in Leeds include Otley Museum; Horsforth Village Museum;WEB,weblink Horsforth Village Museum, Culture 24, 29 October 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 30 October 2010, live, ULITA, an Archive of International Textiles;WEB,weblink ULITA, University of Leeds International Textiles Archive, 29 October 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 29 November 2014, live, and the museum at Fulneck Moravian Settlement.

Music, theatre and dance

Leeds is home to the refurbished Grand Theatre where the only national opera company outside London, Opera North, is based.WEB,weblink A tribute to The Earl of Harewood KBE, Opera North, 25 June 2018,weblink 25 June 2018, live, The City Varieties Music Hall is one of the UK's few remaining music halls, and famously hosted performances by Charlie Chaplin and Harry Houdini. It was also the venue of the BBC television programme The Good Old Days. The newest theatre, containing two auditoriums, is the Leeds Playhouse, which had formerly been known as the West Yorkshire Playhouse.WEB,weblink Leeds Grand Theatre, Leeds City Council, 2009, 13 December 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 31 December 2008, WEB,weblink City Varieties – About the Music Hall, City Varieties, 2009, 13 December 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 18 March 2009, WEB,weblink WYPlayhouse: About us, West Yorkshire Playhouse, 2009, 13 December 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 15 January 2010, Just south of Leeds Bridge once stood The Theatre which hosted Sarah Siddons and Ching Lau Lauro in 1786 and 1834, respectively.Leodis, Discovering Leeds: The Theatre {{Webarchive|url= |date=21 December 2013 }} Retrieved 17 December 2013Playbill for Theatre, Leeds, Monday 22 September 1834. See (:File:Ching Lau Lauro 1834.jpg)Leeds is also home to Phoenix Dance Theatre, who were formed in the Harehills area of the city in 1981, and Northern Ballet Theatre.WEB,weblink Northern Ballet Theatre : History, Northern Ballet Theatre, 2009, 13 December 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 23 July 2011, live, In autumn 2010 the two companies moved into a purpose-built dance centre which is the largest space for dance outside London. It is also the only space for dance to house a national classical and a national contemporary dance company alongside each another.WEB,weblink Building Momentum, Building Momentum, 26 March 2010,weblink" title="">weblink 7 May 2010, live, The First Direct ArenaWEB,weblink Leeds Arena,, 5 August 2011,weblink" title="">weblink 28 July 2011, live, opened in September 2013. The 13,500-seater stadium is rapidly becoming the city's number one venue for live music, indoor sports and many other events. Concerts are also held at the O2 Academy, Elland Road, which has hosted groups such as Queen and Kaiser Chiefs, among others and at the universities. Roundhay Park in north Leeds has seen some of the world's biggest artists including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and Robbie Williams.Popular musical acts originating from Leeds include Soft Cell, Kaiser Chiefs, The Pigeon Detectives, The Wedding Present, The Sunshine Underground, The Sisters of Mercy, Hadouken!, Corinne Bailey Rae, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Pulled Apart by Horses, Gang of Four, Hood, The Rhythm Sisters, Utah Saints, Alt-J and Melanie B of the Spice Girls.WEB,weblink The making of Soft Cell's Tainted Love,, 2009, 13 December 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 21 April 2009, NEWS,weblink Tim Jonze on the retro games renaissance, The Guardian, UK, 3 March 2010, 8 December 2006,weblink" title="">weblink 4 November 2013, live, WEB,weblink Kaiser Chiefs interview, BBC, 13 December 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 3 January 2009, live, WEB,weblink Gang of Four Return, 30 December 2004, David, Chiu, Rolling Stone, Jann Wenner, 12 March 2010,weblink" title="">weblink 6 October 2007, live, WEB,weblink The Rhythm Sisters – biography, band news and reviews. (2967), Leeds Music Scene, 2009, 13 December 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 25 June 2010, live, WEB,weblink Biography " Melanie Brown, Melanie Brown, 2009, 13 December 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 8 November 2009, File:The Leeds First Direct Arena.jpg|thumb|Leeds First Direct ArenaFirst Direct ArenaOn Valentine's Day 1970, The Who performed and recorded their album Live at Leeds at the University of Leeds Refectory. Since its initial reception, Live at Leeds has been cited by several music critics as the best live rock recording of all time.NEWS, Cohn, Nik, Nik Cohn, 8 March 1970, Rock Recordings section, p. M2,weblink Finally, the Full Force of the Who, The New York Times, 2 July 2013,weblink" title="">weblink 25 December 2017, live, {{subscription required}}JOURNAL, Carr, Roy, January 2011, 75,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, 25 August 2013, The Who, Classic Rock (magazine), Classic Rock, 25 August 2013, WEB, Hyden, Steven, Steven Hyden, 29 January 2003,weblink The Who: Live at Leeds, PopMatters, 2 July 2013,weblink" title="">weblink 23 January 2013, live, Pink Floyd's popular second single "See Emily Play" was written in Leeds in 1967 after a gig in the old Leeds City College Technology Campus, then known as Kitson College.WEB,weblink TECHNOLOGY CAMPUS : COOKRIDGE STREET, LEEDS,, 2019-11-27,


Leeds is Purple Flag accredited to indicate an entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable night.WEB,weblink Leeds retains prestigious Purple Flag status for third successive year,weblink 30 May 2019, live, 30 March 2019, Leeds has the fourth largest student population in the country (over 200,000WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 5 June 2012, What makes Leeds a great place to study?,, 12 March 2013, ), and is therefore one of the UK's hotspots for night-life. There are a large number of pubs, bars, nightclubs and restaurants, as well as a multitude of venues for live music. The full range of music tastes is catered for in Leeds. It includes the original home of the famous club nights Back 2 Basics, Speedqueen and Vague.WEB,weblink Clubbing & Nightlife In Leeds - Leeds Nightlife Guide - The Essential Guide to Nightlife, Clubbing and Nightclubs in Leeds.,, 22 March 2019,weblink" title="">weblink 9 July 2017, live, Morley was the location of techno club The Orbit.WEB,weblink UK Techno – Notorious North,, 17 September 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 27 March 2005, Leeds has a number of large 'super-clubs' and there is a selection of independent clubs such as Club Mission and Mint Club, which is consistently ranked as one of the world's best clubs by DJ Magazine. Two other Leeds clubs, The Warehouse and The Garage, featured in the Top 100 Clubs list from 2013.WEB,weblink, Top 100 clubs, 5 August 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 6 August 2011, The Garage has since closed.Leeds has a well established LGBT+ nightlife scene, predominantly located in the Freedom Quarter on Lower Briggate.WEB,weblink LGBT, Freedom Quarter, en-GB, 11 March 2019,weblink 4 March 2019, live, The New Penny is one of the UK's longest running LGBT+ venues, and Leeds oldest gay bar. The Viaduct Showbar holds drag cabaret, live shows and DJs. Other places include The Bridge, Blayds Bar, Tunnel Leeds and Queens Court.Popular areas for nightlife in Leeds include Call Lane, Briggate and the Arena Quarter. Towards Millennium Square is a growing entertainment district providing for both students and weekend visitors. The square has many bars and restaurants and a large outdoor screen. Millennium Square is a venue for large seasonal events such as a Christmas market, gigs and concerts, and citywide parties. It is adjacent to the Mandela Gardens, which were opened by Nelson Mandela in 2001. A number of public art features, fountains, and greenery can be found here.Yorkshire has a great history of real ale,WEB,weblink Yorkshire and Humberside, Real Ale Pubs, 5 August 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 10 April 2012, but several bars near the railway station are fusing traditional beers with a modern bar. Popular bars such as this include The Hop, The Cross Keys and The Brewery Tap. Leeds also hosts an annual Leeds International Beer Festival, held at Leeds Town Hall every September.


Leeds is home to one of the largest indoor markets in EuropeWEB,weblink Leeds Kirkgate Market, Leeds City Council, live, 2019-12-04, , Leeds Kirkgate Market. Leeds also has various regular local markets in Otley, Pudsey, and YeadonWEB,weblink Local Markets, Leeds City Council, live, 2019-12-04, .There is an annual German Christmas Market based in Millennium Square, usually running from early November to mid-late December WEB,weblink History, Christkindelmarkt German Christmas Market, live, 2019-12-04, .


File:Elland_Road_Stadium_Leeds.jpg|thumb|left|Elland RoadElland RoadThe city has teams representing all the major national sports. Leeds United FC is the city's main football club, additional clubs include Guiseley AFC and Farsley Celtic.Leeds United was formed in 1919 and plays at the 37,890-capacity Elland Road Stadium in Beeston. The team plays in the Championship after they won promotion to the EFL Championship in 2009/10 by beating Bristol Rovers 2–1.Guiseley was formed in 1909 and plays at the 4,000 capacity Nethermoor Park Stadium in Guiseley. The team plays in the National League North they won promotion to the National League for the first time ever in 2014/15 after beating Chorley 2–3.Farsley Celtic was formed in 1908 and plays in the Northern Premier League and their stadium is Throstle Nest.File:Leeds Rhinos vs. Salford Red Devils, Headingley Stadium (21st April 2014) 013.JPG|thumb|Headingley Stadium, home of the Leeds RhinosLeeds RhinosLeeds Rhinos are the most successful rugby league team in Leeds. In 2009 they became first club to be Super League champions three seasons running, giving them their fourth Super League title.NEWS,weblink St Helens 10–18 Leeds Rhinos, BBC News, 10 October 2009, 4 April 2010, They play their home games at the Headingley Carnegie Stadium. Hunslet, based at the John Charles Centre for Sport, play in the Co-Operative Championship One. East Leeds and Oulton Raiders play in the National Conference League. Bramley Buffaloes (previously Bramley), and Leeds Akkies were members of the Rugby League Conference.Yorkshire Carnegie are the foremost rugby union team in Leeds and they play at Headingley Carnegie Stadium. They play in the RFU Championship having been relegated from The Guinness Premiership at the end of the 2010–11 season. Otley RUFC are a rugby union club based to the north of the city and compete in National League 2 North, whilst Morley RFC, located in Morley currently play in National Division Three North.File:Carnegie Pavilion, Headingley Stadium, Leeds during the second day of the England- Sri Lanka test (21st April 2014) 001.JPG|thumb|Right|Carnegie Pavilion at Headingley StadiumHeadingley StadiumHeadingley stadium is home to Yorkshire County Cricket Club which is the most successful cricket team in England, with 33 County Championship wins (including one shared). Their main rivals are Lancashire.Leeds City Athletic Club competes in the British Athletics League and UK Women's League as well as the Northern Athletics League.Leeds is home to a number of field hockey clubs that compete in the North Hockey League, Yorkshire Hockey Association League and BUCS leagues. These include Leeds Hockey Club, Leeds Adel Carnegie Hockey Club, the University of Leeds Hockey Club and Leeds Beckett University Hockey Club.WEB,weblink Leeds Hockey Club, 30 January 2015,weblink" title="">weblink 19 February 2015, live, WEB,weblink Leeds Adel Carnegie Hockey Club, 30 January 2015,weblink" title="">weblink 14 February 2015, live, WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, 30 January 2015, Hockey (M) – Leeds University Sport, 30 January 2015, WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, 30 January 2015, Hockey (W) – Leeds University Sport, 30 January 2015, WEB,weblink Hockey – Sport & Active Lifestyles – Leeds Beckett University, 30 January 2015,weblink" title="">weblink 25 November 2014, live, Leeds Hockey Club Men's 1s gained promotion at the end of the 2016/2017 season to become Leeds' first hockey team competing in a National League.WEB,weblink England Hockey Premier Division and Conference Fixtures, 24 October 2017,weblink" title="">weblink 4 November 2017, live, The City of Leeds Synchronised Swimming ClubWEB,weblink The City of Leeds Synchronised Swimming Club,, 15 March 2014,weblink" title="">weblink 22 July 2013, dead, train at the John Charles Centre for Sport and are represented by swimmers throughout the whole of the North East. The club was founded in 2008 and only compete in National and International Competition.The city has a wealth of sports facilities including the Elland Road football stadium, a host stadium during the 1996 European Football Championship; the Headingley Carnegie Stadiums, adjacent stadia world-famous for both cricket and rugby league and the John Charles Centre for Sport with an Olympic-sized pool in its Aquatics CentreWEB,weblink Leeds City Council – John Charles Centre for Sport – Swim, 30 July 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 11 June 2009, and includes a multi-use stadium. Other facilities include the Leeds Wall (climbing) and Yeadon Tarn sailing centre. In 1929 the first Ryder Cup of Golf to be held on British soil was competed for at the Moortown Golf club in Leeds and Wetherby has a National Hunt racecourse.WEB,weblink Wetherby Racing – Horseracing, Hospitality, Conference Venue, Yorkshire,, 30 October 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 1 October 2009, live, In the period 1928 to 1939 speedway racing was staged in Leeds on a track at the greyhound stadium known as Fullerton Park, adjacent to Elland Road. The track entered a team in the 1931 Northern league.(File:Tour de France Grand Depart marker Leeds.jpg|alt=Marker in Leeds|thumb|Location of the 2014 Grand Depart)The 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ took place from the Headrow in Leeds city centre on 5 July 2014.Leeds is well known for its divers and features some of the best diving facilities in the UK. City of Leeds Diving Club who train at the John Charles Centre for Sport has trained many athletes who have competed at international and Olympic level, with Jack Laugher and Chris Mears making history by becoming the first ever divers from Great Britain to win an Olympic gold medal, a feat they accomplished at the 2016 Rio Olympics.Leeds is getting an ice hockey team, the Leeds Chiefs, they will play at the Planet Ice Arena in Beeston, Leeds in the National Ice Hockey League.">


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{{see also|List of places of worship in the City of Leeds}}File:St Peter, Leeds (Leeds Parish Church) (5373648288).jpg|thumb|Leeds MinsterLeeds MinsterThe majority of people in Leeds identify themselves as Christian. Leeds does not have a Church of England Cathedral: it is in the Anglican Diocese of Leeds (formerly in the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds), headed by the Bishop of Leeds, which has cathedrals in Bradford, Ripon and Wakefield although the Bishop's residence has been in Leeds since 2008. The most important Anglican church is Leeds Minster, although St. George's has the largest congregation by far.{{citation needed|date=May 2011}} Leeds has a Roman Catholic Cathedral, the episcopal seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Leeds. Many other Christian denominations and new religious movements are established in Leeds, including Assemblies of God, Baptist, Christian Scientist, Latter-day Saints ("LDS" or "Mormon"), Community of Christ, Greek Orthodox, Jehovah's Witnesses, Jesus Army, Lutheran, Methodist, Moravian, Nazarene, Newfrontiers, Pentecostal, Salvation Army, Seventh-day Adventist, Society of Friends ("Quakers"), Unitarian, United Reformed, Vineyard, an ecumenical Chinese church, Winners' Chapel and several independent churches.WEB,weblink Universities chaplaincy in Leeds, Student Guide to Churches in Leeds, 6 December 2007, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 12 December 2007, WEB, Yahoo, Churches in Leeds,weblink 7 December 2007,weblink" title="">weblink 27 August 2008, live, (File:SikhTempleLS7.jpg|thumb|left|alt=A large symmetrical two-storey building of yellow brick. The centre bay, incorporating the entrance, juts out. It has a large window with a semicircular top on the first floor and above is a golden onion dome on a blue base. At the ends of the frontage are hexagonal pilasters with small octagonal windowed pavilions and onion domes on top. Above the entrance is a white sign saying "The Sikh Temple" in blue. Each side has one two-storey and one one-storey window, and also yellow banners alongside the Temple's name. On each side of the entrance is a wooden seat, and strings of bunting are stretched across the scene.|Sikh Temple, Chapeltown Road)(File:HarehillsMosqueDome.jpg|thumb|right|Harehills Mosque)The proportion of Muslims in Leeds is slightly above average for the country (5.4% as of 2011). Mosques can be found throughout the city, serving Muslim communities in Chapeltown, Harehills, Hyde Park and parts of Beeston. The largest mosque is Leeds Grand Mosque in Hyde Park.The Sikh community is represented by gurdwaras (temples) spread across the city, the largest being in Chapeltown. There is also a colourful religious annual procession, called the Nagar Kirtan, into Millennium Square in the city centre on 13–14 April to celebrate Vaisakhi—the Sikh New Year and the birth of the religion. It is estimated that around 3,000 Sikhs in Leeds take part in this annual event.Leeds' Jewish community is the third-largest in the United Kingdom, after London and Greater Manchester.WEB,weblink Welcome - Leeds Jewish Community,, 8 August 2019,weblink" title="">weblink 8 August 2019, live, WEB,weblink Fighting for a Jewish Future in Leeds, 9 May 2018, Tablet Magazine, en, 8 August 2019,weblink 8 August 2019, live, The areas of Alwoodley and Moortown contain sizeable Jewish populations. There are eight active synagogues in Leeds.WEB,weblink JCR-UK – Leeds Jewish Community and Synagogues,, 14 October 2008,weblink" title="">weblink 27 September 2008, live, The Hindu community in Leeds has a temple (mandir) at Hyde Park.WEB,weblink Leeds Hindu Mandir – Welcome,, 22 July 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 15 April 2009, The temple has all the major Hindu deities and is dedicated to the Lord Mahavira of the Jains.WEB,weblink Home,, 14 October 2008,weblink" title="">weblink 5 June 2008, live, Various Buddhist traditions are represented in Leeds,WEB,weblink Buddhist organisations in: Leeds/Bradford areas P2,, 14 October 2008, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 10 October 2008, including: Soka Gakkai{{fact|date=November 2019}}, Theravada, Tibetan, Triratna Buddhist Community and Zen. The Buddhist community (sangha) comes together to celebrate the major festival of Wesak in May.There is also a community of the Bahá'í Faith in Leeds.WEB,weblink Leeds, Bahai Community of the UK, 14 July 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 29 August 2008,

Public services

Water supply and sewerage services in Leeds are provided by Yorkshire Water, part of the Kelda Group. Prior to 1973 it had been provided by the Leeds Corporation. Leeds City Council has a target of 11MW of renewable energy from onshore wind by 2010 and an aspirational target of 75MW by 2020. There are currently no operational wind farms in Leeds, but a planning application by Banks Renewables Ltd for five turbines at Hook Moor near Micklefield was approved in 2011.NEWS, Plans for Leeds' first wind farm approved,weblink 2 September 2012, BBC, 9 December 2011,weblink" title="">weblink 14 January 2012, live, (File:Leeds central library 001.jpg|thumb|Leeds Central Library)The area is policed by the West Yorkshire Police. The force has five policing districts covering the West Yorkshire area, one of which covers Leeds. The Leeds District Headquarters is located at Elland Road in the South of the City. In the North West of the City the main stations are Weetwood and Woodhouse Lane; in the North East the main stations are Stainbeck near Chapel Allerton and Killingbeck; in the South the main stations are Leeds Central located on Park Street in the city centre and the District Headquarters itself. Fire and rescue services are provided by the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. The fire stations in Leeds are: Cookridge, Gipton, Hunslet, Stanks, Moortown, Stanningley and the "Leeds" fire station (near city centre, on Kirkstall Road).Health services are provided by the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds Primary Care TrustWEB,weblink The Leeds PCT – Welcome to the Leeds PCT,, 14 October 2008, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 18 December 2008, and Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation TrustWEB,weblink Leeds Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust | Home, 2012, 3 February 2012, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 30 March 2009, WEB,weblink Leeds Mental Health – Teaching NHS Trust,, 14 October 2008, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 14 October 2008, which provides mental health services. Leeds General Infirmary ("LGI") is a listed building with more recent additions and is in the city centre. St James's University Hospital, known locally as "Jimmy's"weblink" title="">In the background section of page, additional text.WEB,weblink "Jimmy's": the rise of the docusoap and the fall of YTV, Gray, Nick, "No Such" Research, 31 January 2010, 17 June 2010, What is "Jimmy's"? It's the local nickname of a hospital in Leeds, actually called St. James's University Hospital ...,weblink" title="">weblink 8 March 2012, live, (paper by Deviser/Producer/Director of TV series) is to the north east of the city centre and is the largest teaching hospital in Europe. Other NHS hospitals are Chapel Allerton Hospital, Seacroft Hospital, Wharfedale Hospital in Otley, and Leeds Dental Institute. The new NHS Leeds Website provides information on NHS services in Leeds.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, 20 February 2001, Welcome to NHS Leeds,, 21 January 2010, West Yorkshire Joint Services provides analytical, archaeological, archives, ecology, materials testing and trading standards services in Leeds and the other four districts of West Yorkshire. It was created following the abolition of the county council in 1986 and expanded in 1997, and is funded by the five district councils, pro rata to their population. The Leeds site of the archives service is in the former public library at Sheepscar, Leeds.WEB,weblink West Yorkshire Joint Services, 28 March 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 11 April 2009, live, Leeds City Council is responsible for over 50 public libraries across the whole city, including 5 mobile libraries. The main Central Library is located on the Headrow in the city centre.

Freedom of the City

The following people and military units have received the Freedom of the City of Leeds.
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Military Units

See also

References and notes

  • BOOK, The Illustrated History of Leeds, Burt and Grady, Breedon Books, 1994, 9781873626351, harv,
  • BOOK, A History of Modern Leeds, Derek, Fraser, Manchester University Press, 1982, 978-0-7190-0781-1, harv,
  • BOOK, Unsworth and Stillwell, 2004, Twenty-First Century Leeds: Geographies of a Regional City, Leeds University Press, Leeds, 0-85316-242-5, harv,

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